|Review by Willeh||posted 10-08-2012 07:09 PM||8852 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
First off, I will not profess to be an expert on chisels, i do not have a toolchest full of Lie-Nielsens for which to compare, so I will give you an honest opinion based on what i do know.
Not wildly impressed by the packaging, however, it is utilitarian, and a decent storage box for the chisel until it finds a new home in the tool cabinet that i’m working on. The chisel comes with a wax protector on the sharp end, the metal was all coated in a light coat of oil that was easily removed, and it had a anti-rust piece of paper in there for good measure.
Out of the box,, took about 5 seconds to clean up and prep for honing. Took about 5 swipes on my Norton 8000 grit stone to be honed like a mirror, and polished the back on the 8000 in about 20 seconds – it was very obviously lapped FLAT right from the factory and didn’t need any real work to it.
So – Home from the store, about 45 seconds in so far, and this baby is READY TO WORK.
Pulled out a scrap piece of hard maple and clamped it in the vice. took a bunch of fine shavings, heavy shavings, more shavings than i needed to, but it just cut through the maple like butter.
Decided i needed to really put it through the test. Pulled out the beech mallet and started chopping. I cut a 4 inch deep and 4 inch wide mortise, and again, it cut like butter the whole time. With all the hammering, there wasnt a marr, dent or scratch in the handle – the Caramelized Maple is hard as a rock. Finished the mortise by paring it out clean, again, still cutting like butter, and after all of that work.. tried the good old arm-hair shave, and it was still cutting the hair on my arm better than a fresh razor.
All i can say is that i’m thoroughly impressed for the following reasons:
1) Prep time – all this thing needs is 45 seconds out of the box and you are ready to work
2) Stamina – I put it through a pretty gruelling test on some of the hardest wood I have in my shop, and it didn’t even slightly dull it, not in the least bit.. I can only imagine that I’d be able to go for hours chopping and paring away before this baby needs another quick hone.
3) Open the box and stick your nose in it – That caramelized maple handle is one of the loveliest smells you’ll ever encounter.
From this point forward, Every chisel I buy will be one of these. I’ve yet to see anything that even comes close. Can’t wait to buy some of the Plane blades made out of this PMV11, this stuff is incredible.
-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "