|Review by Jon Spelbring||posted 02-12-2010 04:57 PM||4568 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I’ve recently been bitten by the hand tool bug. I’ve been learing to do dovetails and MT joints by hand (fun!). My current set of chisels is the ole blue Marples. They do the job, but I wanted something with a little more finesse for fine tuning my dovetails, so what better than a couple of dovetail chisels. I did my research, and kept coming up with Blue Spruce. So, I decided to bite the bullet and order a couple to see if they were up to the hype.
How’s that for a short review? No, seriously, they are probably the most beautiful tools that I own. They feel like an extension of my hand.
I haven’t worked with a lot of different brands of chisels, but I do know that they pare very cleanly, are able to get into the corners of the tails rather nicely, and so far, I haven’t had to sharpen them (I did hone them a little when they first arrived). The backs are flat and the balance is very good (my poor Marples feel like cudgels now). The blades feel much thinner than the Marples, and overall, they have a very light feel to them.
Now, this next part is subjective, but I think they make my work better. Not because they are finely crafted tools (though that helps), but because they challenge me. When I’m using them, I almost feel like I have something to live up to – how could one be so crass as to make a sloppy joint when using such exquisite tools? So, they challenge me, and I strive to be worthy. How weird is it that I’m trying to impress a chisel? Do I need therapy?
I bought mine from TheBestThings.com – handles are cocobolo, and the blades are A-2 steel. As of this writing, they were $74.95 each. I know, “ouch”, but for me at least, they’re worth it.
This is my first review, so please feel free to critique it – I have other tools that I’d like to write about, and I’m always looking to improve my writing/reviewing skills.
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