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#1 posted 02-07-2014 11:25 PM

Really depends on how much you want to spend. The Veritas PM-V11 are superb. The Lie-Nielsen are perhaps less impressive technically, but are an extremely enjoyable tool to use. I have a couple of both.

The Narex line are excellent value, and most of my chisels are these. I have a couple of the new Stanleys, they are solidas well, but not as good as their L-N cousins. I have basically built out a core around the Narex, then added here and there from the premium line.

However, I have also picked up some very nice old iron – I have a fantastic old Witherby paring chisel that holds a remarkable edge, the only one that is close to the PM-V11. Amazing, considering it was made at least 120 years ago.

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