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#1 posted 02-07-2014 10:04 PM

I would put more emphasis on the way the chisel fits in your hand than its age. Of course, if you are dealing with socket chisels then you can turn your own handles.

In general, older steel performs on a par with O1, with some better and some worse. So if you working in abrasive woods and expect to pound the heck out of them then you will want to start investigating PM-V11, A2 and Japanese white steel to begin with. If paring is the thing then you will want bevel angles below 25° and you will want to look at O1, PM-V11 and vintage. If mortising in Ipe or Jarrah is your deal then you want to look at Japanese or PM-V11.

In the end the only difference is how often you need to hone the edge.

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