|Review by Ron Harper||posted 02-26-2013 05:26 PM||7537 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Redoing my shop and needed a new set of bench chisels, at least I talked myself into a new set. Paul Sellers had given the Narex Bench chisels a good word, so I ordered the Imperial set from Lee Valley. They arrived almost perfectly flat, and sharp enough that only a quick hone got them ready to work. Please realize that I am not doing this for a living, so my tools do not get the hard use of a 10 hour a day cabinet maker. But, i spend at least two full days a week in the shop.
These things fit my large hands. If you do not have big hands, they may need some reducing in the handle. They take. Very good edge and retain it for a reasonable length of time. I routinely strop when I detect any sluggishness, and usually will strop twice before I rehone.
I am very happy with these chisels. I do not use them for fine paring, though I believe they would do just fine. II have a set of Chas. Buck paring chisels, which I am extremely fond of. Back to the Narex bench chisels. I am sure you can find a finer tool, but it would be very difficult to do at this price.
-- Ron in Kokomo