|Review by RandyMorter||posted 01-17-2011 08:49 AM||5137 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
I know next to nothing about chisels but I’ve been trying to use them a bit. I’ve got some cheap set, probably from Home Depot, with nicks in them that I work around. I’d like to learn how to sharpen them but haven’t started down that path yet.
I’ve read mixed reviews about these chisels but something inside me said to get them so I did.
They came covered in some kind of oil that I removed with mineral spirits (please tell me if I’ve already ruined them!). I tried to use them straight out of the box because they’re supposed to be ready for that.
I used a couple of them to create a mortise for two small hinges on the edge of some purple heart. I think the purple heart is pretty hard. The chisels did okay shaving along the grain but I had a hard time cutting directly perpendicular to the grain to mark the ends of the mortise. I am using a rubber mallet so maybe that’s part of it.
I slipped at one point and barely nicked my finger but it cut and drew blood – if you’re making something out of flesh they should be decent chisels!
After creating the two small mortises (about 1/4×1 x 1/16 deep), I noticed rollover on the 1/4 inch. I can feel it when I run my finger over the back of the chisel.
I’m sure these are better than my no-name chisels, and I don’t know how any other chisels would work in purple heart. However, I am not very good at sharpening anything (never have been, for over 50 years) and I don’t want to spend more time sharpening a chisel than using it. I have mixed feelings on how short these are too. On the one hand they seem like they’ll be easier to manage due to how short they are (6-1/4 inches) but on the other hand it seems like more expensive chisels are always longer.
I typically only use them to do something like make a mortise for a hinge. I’ve never dovetailed anything so I don’t know how they’d work for that.
I hope this helps someone!
-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ