|Review by Manitario||posted 03-31-2012 07:42 PM||6517 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
There have been so many positive reviews about these chisels that I thought I’d chime in with my experience with them. I’ve had these chisels for about 6 months. They were my first set of “real” ie. not big box store chisels. I’d read many positive reviews about the Narex set, and they are very reasonably priced, so I took the plunge. Overall, the machining and finish of the chisels was excellent. It took very little effort to lap the backs flat. I keep them sharpened to a 25 deg. bevel. They sharpen easily to a razor sharp edge. The vast majority of the work I do with them is paring; ie. they’re not used to chop mortises or scrape glue or open paint cans (!) etc. What I’ve noticed though is that they lose their edge very quickly, and the edge will bend or roll up, which requires a lot of work to re-sharpen each time, ie. no quick honing between uses. Maybe this is a normal occurrence…maybe it would be better if I re-ground them to 30 degrees…maybe this is just a bad batch, I don’t know. Anyways, I’m going to give them only 3/5 stars. Eventually I’ll try re-grinding them to 30 degrees, but I wish now that I’d waited and spent a bit more money to get a set that is more durable.
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