Reassuringly expensive...
Reassuringly guaranteed for life
"This Chisel is an absolute cracker... Great product"
Jared Schmidt, Putney, London, SW 15
"I've retired my Fat Max for the Triple Edged MERC...
It's indispensable."
Robert Keable - Salisbury, Wilts, UK
The cutters are highly durable NOT disposable
And can be re-sharpened again and again and again
Reassuringly expensive...
Reassuringly guaranteed for life
The cutters are highly durable NOT disposable
And can be re-sharpened again and again and again

Fleetwood Innovator Chisel

Triple Edged Chisels with quick change pre-sharpened cutting tips:
The Fleetwood Innovator chisel range is a beautifully crafted set of bevel edged chisels with a difference. They’re “Made in Sheffield” – Once the only assurance needed to know that a tool bought would be one that would last a lifetime. To honor this legacy every Fleetwood Innovator is made by hand to exacting standards and as a further tribute to the past every Innovator’s main blade has been “hallmark” stamped with the initials M.E.R.C. This stamp is not the first clue that the Innovator is different; more immediately apparent is the gold coloured (titanium plated) 3 sided cutter tip machine fitted into the cutting end of the chisel.
Making the Innovator the worlds first Triple Edged chisel
Unlike a conventional chisel that can only cut when being driven forward
The Triple Edge, sharpened sides and leading edge can cut in 3 different directions allowing:

  • Improved paring that reduces “tear out”.
  • The ability to cut into and clean up corners more easily.
  • With its unique cutting action you're more able to establish and continue a flat base to a recess ensuring it's even and parallel to the surrounding surface.
  • Used on its side it can be effective in a confined space.
MERC Chisels
  1/2” Fleetwood Innovator
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  3/4” Fleetwood Innovator
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  1” Fleetwood Innovator
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  1/2” Standard Cutter Insert
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  1/2” 3 Sided Cutter Insert
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  3/4” Standard Cutter Insert
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  3/4” 3 Sided Cutter Insert
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  1” Standard Cutter Insert
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  1” 3 Sided Cutter Insert
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  1” Serrated Cutter Insert
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The engineering behind M.E.R.C (M.Power Edge Ready Chisel) has also liberated us from the normal conventions that govern sharpening. In order to regain or freshen an edge there’s no having to stop work in the middle of a task; to set up a jig and sharpening stones, simply swap cutters,   (it takes less than a minute) and return to the job at hand.

  • Titanium plated HSS Cutter Inserts are tougher and longer lasting than any standard carbon steel chisel.
  • Each Cutter insert is supplied with "no loose" captured fixings.
  • The turned Beech wood handle is fitted with a brass ferrule and finished in a Satin lacquer
  • Fitted handle strike cap is turned, hardened, tempered and polished.
  • Ergonomic high polish smooth finished chisel body remains comfortable in the hand for longer.
  • Each chisels main blade is traditionally relief stamped as an indication of quality
  • Each main blade under goes 9 major manufacturing processes that result in a combination of a high tolerance heavy duty tool.
  • The design of the machined cutter retaining socket effectively transfers all impact loads directly into the main blade tang not the retaining screws.    
  • We are proud to confirm The Fleetwood Innovator chisel range is guaranteed for life
All Cutters

Design Features: We have attempted to consider every conceivable aspect of the “Fleetwood Innovator" range of Triple Edged woodworking chisels. Details of their design and production are detailed below.

Cutter insert socket: The machined recess that holds the cutters are cranked or dovetailed at the rear; so that the loads generated through impact are transferred directly from the cutter in-line to the chisel body and safely into the handle. Although it sounds unlikely the forces generated on the cutter retaining screws are low and only serve to hold the cutter in place when not in use.

Other Cutter Profiles: Unlike other bevel edged chisels, Innovator Triple Edged chisels are uniquely designed to accommodate a variety of different profiled cutters that are specifically designed to decrease the time taken in performing common tasks in all types of woodwork. Together with feedback from our professional product testers and customers, other unique profiled cutters will be added to a growing range It's important to reiterate that these cutters are far from disposable. When they do eventually loose their edge they can be re-sharpened at your leisure back at the shop, just not half way through a job you’re into.

Handle and Strike cap: Turned in English Beech wood with a smart brass ferrule The Innovator handle is strikingly traditional however dozens of proto-types and literally hundreds of hours resulted in a unique grip based on two main flats that lie parallel to the top and back of the chisel body. Unlike an entirely turned or symmetrical handle, The Fleetwood Innovator handle gives the woodworker an instant indication of the location or plane of the chisel blade. The handle is fitted with a turned and polished steel Strike Cap that’s tempered and hardened to Rc43. Allowing a heavy hammer to be used without fear of damage.

Finish: The vast majority of chisels are sold in a "ground" state, leaving hard edges anywhere that one edge converges on another. Although not sharp after a short while in use these hard edges become uncomfortable to grip. All MERC chisel bodies have high polish smooth finish that remains comfortable in the hand for longer.

Product Testing: Within 6 months of the initial design: Early “Innovator” proto types were tested for 100's of hours in closed shop environments.  The testing and evaluation process has been exhaustive. Extreme tests were undertaken. A Prototype chisel was driven clean through a railway sleeper 12 times with no sign of any detrimental effect on the chisel.
The test results of Innovator Triple Edged chisel has given us the confidence to guarantee our chisels for life.

Manufacturing: At every stage of its production Fleetwood Innovators are assessed and quality checked. In Sheffield, England the main chisel body under goes 9 major processes in its manufacture. Its then quality checked prior too and after it's been assembled. Each chisel is issued with a Certificate of Authenticity which is signed by a staff member who assembled the chisel and by a different member of the team who carried out the final pre-packaging inspection.

If the opinions of woodworkers were sought, a number would probably tell you that they get by with what they’ve got. For those who wish to experience a chisel that’s born of the desire to truly surpass what’s been before. Then perhaps the “Fleetwood Innovator” is for you.



Twin cut paring
Twin cut paring
Mortise clean up
Mortise clean up
Triple Edged Cutter
Triple Edged Cutter
Side edge clean up
Side edge clean up
Chopping out recess
Chopping out recess