|Review by PurpLev||posted 09-29-2011 03:57 PM||3085 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
With the introductory price from LV and the free shipping, I decided to get this pair of skewed chisels to have something to reach into edges and corners better. I have read another review here stating that these were far from being flat out of the box, and for their price and knowing I can handle unflat metal I figured I’d give it a shot.
Taking them out of the package I was instantly surprised by the lightness of the handles. The handles are large and look massive, but are made of very light material. Not necessarily bad, just surprising at first. the cutting edges seemed sharp, but the machining on the back was lousy and required some lapping
Machining and Sharpening:
The other review was dead on – these are as far from being flat as possible. Unlike some other brands that only require honing, this one required some serious lapping and flattening to both the back and the bevel. I have never seen chisels/planes blades that were so roughly machined. it’s as if the machining process was rushed and the machining cuts were made too deep to save on number of passes. there are very rough ridges on the blade (see picture 2) that took more than the usual amount of time and effort to level out to make the back flat. Not undoable, but definitely noticeable of the extra work it required. Even after some time on the roughest diamond stone you can still see on top of the machining lines the low spots that these blades have (this is true both to the back and to the beveled edge) (see picture 3). But they can be brought (just like everything else) to a mirror finish:
Edge Cutting Quality:
After flattening and cleaning the edge and honing the blade It felt like it should be able to take a keener edge. working with the chisel felt like it should slice a bit easier but it cuts just fine and leaves clean lines. As for how long it’ll keep that edge only time will tell, maybe after I’ve used it more I’ll revisit this review and add more info about the longevity of the edge
I’ve read that some people didn’t care much for the large handles, but to me these handles are very comfortable, and the fact that they are made of light material reduces fatigue on the muscles. I would say these are quite comfortable to work with to me.
All in all it’s a decent set at an affordable price. nothing spectacular about it but it does what it’s supposed to – reach in tight spots that regular bench chisels have a hard time with. I remember reading reviews on Narex bench chisels when they were first introduced in the market which were favored by many. I am not sure if something happened over time and Narex production lines have changed, of if it’s just these (and the mortise chisels) but these definitely require a good amount of work to get them flat and properly sharpened/honed more so than I’ve experienced with any other blade.
And so, these are a great value if you are ok with putting some work to get them properly setup. I have not used other skew chisels to compare these to anything else, but I think these will do just fine for my needs.
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