|Review by lysdexic||posted 07-20-2011 04:27 AM||3981 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
Purchased this set about a year ago to get me started woodworking. The set is currently on clearance for $76 at Woodcraft. I realize that these are not a set of Lie Nielsens, Ashley Iles, or vintage 750’s. Therefore, my expectations were guarded. They lived up to my expectations but they certainly did NOT exceed them.
Now, I do not have any significant experience with any other chisels except a couple a Stanley’s that I got from Lowe’s in the distant past.
They come on a box that has a pretty cheesy glossy spray finish. The handles are nice enough. I can’t really speak to the balance or feel.
My biggest problem that have had is getting the back flat. Right out of the box I flattened the back on a reference piece of granite and sandpaper. I spent a long time doing this starting at 60 grit and working my way up. The problem lies in the fact that most of the backs are milled slightly concave like a Japanese chisel but the concavity extends all the way to the edge. Thus you can never achieve the theoretical 2 intersecting planes. I could remedy this with the ruler trick which will jeopardize the reference back surface. Secondly, I could continue to grind the surface but I have better ways to spend my time than rubbing inexpensive chisels on a rock. I’ve already spent several hours on the set already.
In the end I’d say that I got them pretty darn sharp. They have been performing the basic tasks that I ask of them. They don’t hold their edge as well as the generic Stanley’s that I have.
I don’t want to be too hard on these chisels. They have done exactly what I want from them—- to get me started.
The following pics are from my cell phone about a year ago. These are from the flattening process. I did hone them to 8000 grit but these pics show how I couldn’t get rid of the concavity at the edge. It is not present on all but some.
Here is a look at all them during the flattening process
These look OK because the scratch marks go all the way to the edge
I would have to remove alot of steel to get scratches all the way to the edge
Notice the difference between these two.
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