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#1 posted 11-11-2013 09:56 PM

I would recommend the “bevel edge” chisels over their standard chisels. I have some of both and prefer the bevel edge ones because they get into places better. The bevel edge ones were a bit sharp on the sides so I lightly stoned them to take that off so they’d quit cutting my hands (I like to hold the chisel on the bottom end of the handle or sometimes even by the blade for some specific cuts) :D

The only real con I’ve seen using them is that the leading edge on a couple was a bit bad about chipping out. Once it went through 3-4 sharpenings it was fine as I got into the “better” steel (less brittle temper). This isn’t an uncommon affliction of many new chisels though so I can’t really throw stones at Narex over it. The one that was most annoying was my 1/4” mortise chisel which I ended up taking back about 1/8” of an inch before it performed well.

Also I bought the “standard” ones, not the metric ones which may or may not matter depending on how you work. I suspect for most things it doesn’t matter much (and I think they’re actually just “close” and were made to the closest mm anyway)

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