Handtool Basics #2: Bevel Edge Western Bench Chisel Shootout

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Blog entry by WoodWorkLIFE posted 02-20-2017 08:04 PM 2536 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey guys,

In this video I compare several popular western bench chisel brands for: ease of sharpening, ergonomics, fit to tasks, and general fit and finish. I compared everything I could get my hands on from ALDI, Harbor Freight, Narex, Irwin Marples, Stanley Sweetheart, and even Lie Nielsen and Veritas. These are all obviously opinions and my methods were anything but scientific, but I hope this gives you a little bit more info before you pick out your next set of chisels.

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-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper,

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 02:39 AM

Nice blog, thanks Rick.

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 03:59 AM

Very nice!

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 03:17 PM

Thanks for sharing

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