Added October 5, 2017 – I have believed for some time that the “H” enclosed in a circle was the trademark for Hellstedt in Eskilstuna, Sweden. However, I have had difficulty finding supporting information for this over the past few years. I am still working to either confirm or disprove this theory. If you have any information that can help, please contact me.
The Hellstedt brand of chisels come from Eskilstuna, Sweden. I have also seen Hellstedt iron bench planes which are essentially replicas of Stanley planes. I don’t know yet who actually manufactured the Hellstedt brand of tools.
Here is a good quality Hellstedt chisel made in the typical Swedish style.
The stamp on the back of the blade is an “H” enclosed in a circle. To the left of the circled “H” are the words “MADE IN SWEDEN”.
The handle on this chisel is masur birch and very attractive. The brass ferrule at the bottom has medium-fine diagonal lines knurled in. I have not seen many Hellstedt chisels and I’m not sure if this handle is original to the chisel. It looks a lot like a Berg, Eskilstunasteel, or Jernbolaget handle with the masur birch and diagonal knurling.
As with so many Swedish brands of chisels, information on this brand is not readily available.
Added October 5, 2017 – Randall Nelson owns the following Swedish Quality chisels and has kindly provided the photos below. I believe that these chisels may be re-branded Hellstedt chisels that were exported to Australia by G. & L. Beijers.
These chisels have labels identical to the Beijer Swedish Quality “B” chisels except that they have an “H” in the top circle instead of a “B”. Like the chisel above, these ones have tanged blades with beveled sides on the wider blades. Unlike the chisel above, these ones have handles made of beech rather than masur (curly) birch.
The blued steel hoops at the top of the handles are pierced and held in place with small nails.
Again, the decals below show the typical Beijer Swedish Quality brand color scheme — yellow background, orange-red outline and black lettering. There is an “H” enclosed in a red circle at the top and “Swedish” | “Quality (in cursive)” enclosed in a rounded red rectangle.
The shafts on the back of these chisels is stamped “MADE IN SWEDEN” followed by an “H” enclosed in a circle. As I mentioned earlier, I have believed for some time that the “H” enclosed in a circle was the trademark for Hellstedt in Eskilstuna, Sweden. I am still working to either confirm or disprove this theory.
Although it is difficult to see, the two wider chisels below on the right have “MADE IN SWEDEN” followed by an “H” enclosed in a circle stamped on the flat back part of the blade. Also, note that the brass ferrules at the bottom of the handles all have two rows of coarse vertical knurling.