|Review by DouginVa||posted 06-11-2013 01:34 AM||5904 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This past Christmas I put the Lie Nielsen bevel edge socket chisels on my Santa Please Get Me List. Between my wife and mom I got 5….....of the O1 chisels. My bad, I should have been more specific. I already had a set of decent chisels from long ago and although I didn’t know for sure what type of tool steel they were made from I was disappointed in how long, or briefly in this case, they held a sharp edge. After reading many reivews on the A2 chisels I decided that was what I really wanted.
But I got the O1s and thought they were from Lie Nielsen so they’d have to be better than what I had. WRONG….O1 tool steel is O1 tool steel no matter who’s name is on it. I blogged and asked around if they should be holding their edge longer, etc. Most of the replies were to give them several sharpenings till you wear away the weaker steel at the outer edges and got to the harder stuff buried beneath. Well after a good 10 sharpenings, micro bevels, re-shaping the bevel nothing changed.
I went to a Lie Nielsen hand tool event and ran my dilema by the LN folks at the event. They said send em back. But it had been over 4 months at this point. They said it didn’t matter. So I e-mailed LN and the guys at the hand tool event were right. Took em back, no questions asked. Thanks to Deneb Pulchaski!
So I got my new A2 set just a few days before I was set to head off to Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School for the Compound Dovetail class to break em in. And the difference was very noticeable.
Some people prefer O1 becaus of they’re supposed to be easier to sharpen. As opposed to the A2 which are supposed to be more difficult. While that may be true I didn’t find the A2s difficult to hone, polish or put a micro bevel on.
I am most pleased with these chisels and Lie Nielsen’s customer service. They’ve made a future customer in me for many years to come now. Now I just need to save up some $$$s to increase my LN hand tool collection.
-- Just a man with his chisel.........