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Posted on Quality chisels, which brands should I look into?

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 08:01 PM

In my opinion, the difference between a good chisel and a really good chisel is a lot of money and very little difference in performance. My Irwin Marples are good chisels and sufficient for everything I need and they are very reasonably priced.

I know there are better and more expensive chisels (e.g. Lie Nielsen) but if you covered up the names and asked me to use both, I would have a hard time telling you which was the Marple and which was the more expensive chisel.

In my shop I also have a set of basic, no name, chisels from Ace Hardware. There is a big difference between these cheap chisels and my good Marples.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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