Chisels can cause injury in a lot of different ways: flying metal fragments can damage unprotected eyes; striking the chisel causes pinging noises that can damage hearing; vibration and kickback can cause joint trauma; and don’t forget missing the chisel altogether and hitting your hand. Hard Cap has set out to build a safer chisel, and they’ve addressed all these modes of injury.
The Hard Cap line of tools features a reinforced nylon cap that increases the striking surface by 250%. This unbreakable cap also reduces noise by 80%, stops the chisel head from mushrooming, and contains any metal fragments. The oil-resistant grip, combined with the cap, reduces vibration up to 90%. The grip is also more comfortable to hold than other chisels, and it doesn’t get too hot or cold. Finally, Hard Cap claims the industry’s sharpest and most accurate cutting edges — because we all know dull tools cause more accidents then sharp ones.
The line includes 34 different tools, such as cold chisels, punches, mason’s chisels, nail sets, and roughing chisels. Individual tools run between $10 and $20, while sets of three or four similarly purposed tools run $40 to $50. The only exception: the set of three nail sets runs $12.