|Review by Tom Adamski||posted 02-28-2008 01:05 AM||6588 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
Well, not just any chisel, a Lie-Nielson bevel edge socket chisel!
Looking through the offerings at my local Woodcraft one evening, I spotted a beautiful set of chisels in a leather roll. Asking the salesman to open the case, I had a closer inspection. The feel was perfect, no uncomfortable bandings and they balance so well. The roll had 5 chisels in the set, with the smallest being 1/8”. Considering I do a considerable about of 1/8” inlay, I really liked these. I was taken aback when the salesman mentioned the price. At $250 for the set of 5, including the leather roll, I thought it a bit high and decided to look at some of the other chisel offerings.
I looked at Japanese, Sorby, Pfiel and others, most were less expensive and most offered more chisels in their sets. Yet, the Lie-Nielson’s where in my mind and I could not see myself buying the others and be as happy. Then, the salesman said it… “Tom, buy them and use them. If you hate them, I’ll take them back”. What could I say? Now a few months later, I have used them from chopping dovetails, paring end grain, inlay work, etc… And I love them. No regrets.
Buy the way, All 5 of the chisels were dead flat and razor sharp when I brought them home. I have only had to hone once in the last few months to keep that cryogenicaly treated blade razor sharp.
Since then I have purchased a Lie-Nielsen adjustable mouth low angle block plane and have been very pleased with it too, but that will have to be another review at another time.
-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.