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#1 posted 08-20-2010 04:46 PM

One thing to consider, if you don’t need all four sizes RIGHT NOW, consider looking at buying just the one or two sizes you will use most. Maybe a 1/2” chisel or 3/8” chisel first. Depends on what you have in mind to be doing.

Long run, you pay a little more (assuming new chisels) but you spread out the cost over time AND if you find that you bought a dud or don’t like the handle or whatever, you can sell that one and buy your next choice.

Also with regard to the Narex chisels, I bought their mortise chisels and the handles while a good size and shape for me had too much lacquer for my taste. A little turpentine and some scrubbing and I took them down to bare wood. To me, that feels better. Not sure if their bench chisels are the same way.

Chisel handles seem to be a very personal thing. While I have a set of the blue handle Marples now I’ve got it on my list to start replacing them with either vintage or new socket handle chisels. The plan being that if I don’t like the handle I can very easily make my own. The Marples look like socket handles but as I understand it there is a short tang inside the plastic.

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