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Narex mortise Chisels Set of 5

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Review by Bob #2 posted 1381 days ago 14337 views 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought a five piece set of Narex mortise chisels and so far have had an opportunity to actual work with one. I’m quite pleased with the fit and finish and this steel quality which seems to be just right for my liking. Not too brittle, takes an edge quickly and seems to sharpen without leaving too much curl on the cutting-edge.(Rc59) They have a nice weight to them in a nice feel in my hand and the blades are definitely long enough to be able to hold the blade in alignment while gently tapping the butt to form the mortise.

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I’m a bit short of time this weekend for various reasons so I gave the half-inch chisel a bit of a flattening on the back and re-honed the long bevel edge on the front so I could try the chisel on some wood today.

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I grabbed a piece of 2×4 Spruce stock , flattened the top with a Jack plane, and dropped the mortise with her one half-inch bit in my Triton router.

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As shown in the following picture the half-inch mortise is an excellent fit to the half-inch router bit I am using and it actually took just a few seconds to square a each end of the of the mortise.

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This is a picture of the finished mortise and although it is not a textbook example using a hardwood it has given me confidence to go ahead and finish honing the other four chisels.
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The set consists of a 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, and 1/2” chisels.
They come as shown with blade guards but do not include a fancy case which I generally end up tossing out anyway.
They’re modestly priced and a pleasure to work with. I found mine at the Valley tools and I do understand that this brand from Czechoslovakia is also available at Highland woodworking in the US.

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#1 posted 1381 days ago

Those are on sale at Lee Valley until Dec 15 for $45.00.

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#2 posted 1381 days ago

Bob that is a great review.
A good firm mortice chisel is hard to find.
Mine are very old.
Jamie

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#3 posted 1381 days ago

I place my order 2 days ago from Lee Valley, they look like a good deal.

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#4 posted 1381 days ago

I have been using the 6, 8 & 10 mm versions of these chisels for over a year now – I did a review of them about a year ago. I still stand by the review 100% great value for money, but the quality surpasses the price. I will have to look out for the imperial sizes here in Europe in the near future.

Thanks for posting Bob.

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#5 posted 1381 days ago

I remember that post well Tony. That prompted me to try to get in touch with Narex to find a distributor. They never did answer me. ( could have been a language problem)
I was happy to get a couple of plastic handled ones a few weeks ago. A bit too brittle for my tastes but they are in the “sacrifice drawer” for the dirty stuff. These chisels however, were listed at RC 59 which is more to my liking, especially with a heavy shafts like these as the honing takes forever with say an RC 62.

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#6 posted 1381 days ago

Thank you for an excellent review and some great pictures of the chisels.

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#7 posted 1381 days ago

Really nice review and good pics to go with it all

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#8 posted 1381 days ago

I have a set of Narex bench chisels, 7 I think, and I must say they are quality tools. I have been looking to a set of these as well so this review comes at just the right time. Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 1381 days ago

Nice review on the mortise chisels.

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#10 posted 1380 days ago

I was wondering when you’d land a set of pig stickers. Thanks for the review Bob. I’ve been looking at, but not buying a set, for years.

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#11 posted 1380 days ago

Hey Mot, I think you would like these. They dont have to be uber steel to do what they are meant for.
The square body gives them good direction to follow the walls of the mortise and the blade seems to drop thru the bit of remianing wood effortlessly.
I haven’t seem a better price for this quality. I’m sure you’d be pleased.

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#12 posted 1380 days ago

Great review, Bob.

Lee

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#13 posted 1380 days ago

I just added this set of chisels to my Christmas list. I have the bench chisel set made by the same company and have been pleased with those. They were flat and well ground right out of the box. They did require a bit of work to polish the backs and to hone the bevels, but it went fairly quickly. I would expect similar in these.

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#14 posted 1380 days ago

I had some folks asking about where the sale price was at Lee…so here is a link….they are under Lee’s special price page…this should take you direct:

Lee Valley Mortise Chisels

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#15 posted 1380 days ago

I bought a lot of stuff from Lee Valley last weekend. The deal on these chisels was just too good to pass up.

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