I had $30 Amazon rewards, so I ordered these:
My woodworking budget is nil, so I was looking for something cheap and decent that I could learn with and I decided on these after reading reviews on several different brands. The reviews on amazon.com are pretty good, but not so good in other places. I also read somewhere else that these were decent starter chisels after they’ve been sharpened. It’s funny how on amazon.com one of the pictures of these shows “Sheffield England” on the blade, which I expected it was an older picture. The package says they are made in China according to Irwin standards, which I don’t like, but it’s what I could afford for now and I think they will be good enough for learning.
I also found a small chip in one of the blades, which is disappointing:
Well, what can I expect for $30 chisels… They also don’t seem very sharp, so I will have to get some sharpening stones, but I’m eager to learn how to sharpen anyway since I plan on getting some planes as well.
I’m leaning towards the method Paul Sellers shows on his YouTube videos. He uses diamond stones from EZE Lap. It seems like it will be easy enough to learn. The diamond stones aren’t too cheap, but I’m planning on splurging a little bit on sharpening supplies when I have extra cash anyway. I guess I’ll have to get some stones pretty soon if I plan on doing any work with the chisels…
-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , Proverbs 16:9