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Excellent Hans Karlsson Drawknife From Country Workshops

Excellent Hans Karlsson Drawknife From Country Workshops

1526 days ago by Caleb James | 14 comments »

I recently purchased a $235 drawknife with leather cover from Country Workshops after being totally disappointed using a LeeValley carving drawknife that was $65. This drawknife on the other hand was exactly what I wanted. It was worth every dime. I couldn’t be more pleased. I have never used a tool that said it was honed ready for use and it was actually true. It holds and unbelievable edge. The steel is just awesome. This tool looks very common but don’t let it fool you. I used ...

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First Impressions of the 10 piece set of Japanese Chisels from Grizzly

First Impressions of the 10 piece set of Japanese Chisels from Grizzly

1526 days ago by David Kirtley | 17 comments »

(Sorry for the picture, it is Grizzly’s picture of these chisels. I would have taken my own but it’s late and I didn’t realize that a review required a picture to post. Mine look just like the ones in the picture.) Well, I have been debating a long time and finally went ahead and ordered the 10 piece Japanese chisel set from Grizzly. I had read other reviews from elsewhere and I figured that I would like to try them out. I have always wanted to try out some Japanese Chis...

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Luthier's chisels

Luthier's chisels

1436 days ago by Chinitorama | 3 comments »

Up for review here is a 3 mm chisel from Luthiers Mercantile (lmii.com). These chisels are priced at less than many other premium chisels I’ve seen and are available in seven metric sizes. The one I purchased is one of the smallest widths offered. Made in Germany, this tool is intended for paring use only and has a handle made of tintul wood which looks a lot like Brazilian rosewood. The handle is well finished with a beefy brass ferule and is very comfortable in the palm of my ha...

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Narex mortise Chisels Set of 5

Narex mortise Chisels Set of 5

1360 days ago by Bob #2 | 38 comments »

I bought a five piece set of Narex mortise chisels and so far have had an opportunity to actual work with one. I’m quite pleased with the fit and finish and this steel quality which seems to be just right for my liking. Not too brittle, takes an edge quickly and seems to sharpen without leaving too much curl on the cutting-edge.(Rc59) They have a nice weight to them in a nice feel in my hand and the blades are definitely long enough to be able to hold the blade in alignment while gentl...

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A Whole Lot Cheaper for Almost the Same Quality

A Whole Lot Cheaper for Almost the Same Quality

1275 days ago by StumpyNubs | 6 comments »

I am not an expert carver. I did most of my carving with a rotary tool and longed to own one of those big power carvers like I saw at Woodcraft for $400. So when I saw one at Harbor Freight for 50 bucks you can imagine my excitement. Here’s the details… This is essentially a 1/4hp rotary tool. It is a motor that hangs from a wall bracket with a long flexable shaft with a little adjustable keyed chuck (like an drill) on the end that’ll accept any size carving bit. It’...

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First woodworking chisels

First woodworking chisels

1183 days ago by ic3ss | 12 comments »

I picked up a couple of these to start off a set of these bevel edge chisels from Two Cherries. I got the 6mm and 16mm to start with and used them on an inlay project I did last fall. The edges didn’t seem to last too long and sharpened them up on my scary sharp table. To my surprise the edges have lasted much longer than the new factory edges, don’t know why. The guy at Rockler where I got these said they were very good when I was making comparisons between these and the Irwin bl...

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may seem like a big invesment......

may seem like a big invesment......

1160 days ago by Carwyn Owen | 11 comments »

i have three of these chisels, 2 that i inherited and one that i have just bought. i amassed every time i use them and very disappointed in my old chisels. the Japanese chisels may seem like a big investment, but trust me every time you use them you be pleased that you bought them.the specialist metal cuts like a dream and will hold its bevel for as long as any tool i know.i think if you can fork out the cash that they’re well worth it.thanks forreadingCO

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fujihiro chisels from chutaro imai at hidatool.com

fujihiro chisels from chutaro imai at hidatool.com

1147 days ago by yrob | 2 comments »

I just received the two oire-nomi (bench) Japanese chisels. I ordered from hida tool. I chose the white steel chisels made by chutaro imai. I got the 15 and the 36 mm, with multiple hollows. They are hand forged, fitted with a red oak handle and a hammered steel ferule. Japanese chisels typically come in either white or blue steel. Imai chose to work with white steel. I decided to go with it because of good recommendations and the fact it is easier to sharpen. They have a Rockwell of 6...

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Neiko 9 pc. Heavy Duty Chrome Vanadium Wood Chisels set w/ Aluminum Case

Neiko 9 pc. Heavy Duty Chrome Vanadium Wood Chisels set w/ Aluminum Case

1122 days ago by David Grimes | 8 comments »

This Neiko 9 pc. chisels set includes 1/4” to 1 1/2”. They were surprisingly sharp out of the box. I have had them nearly a month, so have only used three of the chisels over two occasions with… well… chisel-like results. When I received them, I did yank around on the handles (won’t budge), pounded the handle end with a smooth-faced framing hammer several times (rubber mallet not aggressive enough for the hammer test), and even purposefully dropped one of th...

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Respectable starter set

Respectable starter set

1106 days ago by lysdexic | 15 comments »

Purchased this set about a year ago to get me started woodworking. The set is currently on clearance for $76 at Woodcraft. I realize that these are not a set of Lie Nielsens, Ashley Iles, or vintage 750’s. Therefore, my expectations were guarded. They lived up to my expectations but they certainly did NOT exceed them. Now, I do not have any significant experience with any other chisels except a couple a Stanley’s that I got from Lowe’s in the distant past. They come on...

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