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Ashley Iles Bench Chisels - Beautiful but they will need some edge work

Ashley Iles Bench Chisels - Beautiful but they will need some edge work

04-01-2008 03:14 AM by ChicoWoodnut | 11 comments »

After using a set of older Craftsman chisels for years, I decided I wanted a fine set of bench chisels. The Craftsman chisels have served me well and I will continue to use them, but they are a little short thick and unwieldy. I like fine tools so I decided to treat myself for my 50th birthday. I have been looking for a good set on e-bay but the prices the older sets of Stanley chisels fetch these days is silly. I landed on the Ashley Iles because they are known for fine edge tools. ...

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Ashley Iles Mk 2 Bevel Edged Cabinetmakers Chisels

Ashley Iles Mk 2 Bevel Edged Cabinetmakers Chisels

05-12-2011 04:36 PM by mafe | 49 comments »

Ashley Iles Mk 2 Bevel Edged Cabinetmakers Chisels I have for as long as I can remember wished for a quality set of chisels and few years ago I took the decision to spend the money on a set of Bahco 434, and boy did I regret this after… Why? Because what I was looking for was a set of cabinetmaker chisels and not the perfect on site construction chisel that also would be used for opening beer and cans of paint! Say what! This is actually meant as a compliment bec...

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Narex mortise Chisels Set of 5

Narex mortise Chisels Set of 5

11-07-2010 10:07 PM 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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No Longer In Search Of... Stanley 750 SW Chisels!

No Longer In Search Of... Stanley 750 SW Chisels!

04-06-2011 10:49 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 47 comments »

Stanley 750 “SW” Chisels Not the easiest things to purchase by any stretch (see In Search of blog entry here – http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/22223), but now these tools are in hand. If this review is entertaining, great. If you’re interested in what to expect from a purchase of Stanley SW 750s, continue reading. If it’s a side-by-side comparison with Lie-Nielsen, Ashley-Iles or 2 Cherries that the reader is after, frustration awaits. I’ll start with a disclaimer t...

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Low Cost, High quality chisels

Low Cost, High quality chisels

11-06-2009 09:21 PM by Tony | 13 comments »

Narex Chisels These wonderful chisels (Model # 8101 & 8105) are manufactured by NAREX, the company is located within the European Union in the Czech Republic, here is the link to Narex website. This link will take you to the correct pages in English. The chisels are made from Mn-Cr (magnesium-chrome) steel and are hardened to 59Hrc and manufactured in accordance with the European standard DIN5139 (Firmer chisels with tang). These chisels were reported by Fine Woodworking magazine, ...

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Veritas PM-V11 Bench Chisel really delivers!!

Veritas PM-V11 Bench Chisel really delivers!!

10-08-2012 07:09 PM by Willeh | 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 remov...

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The Best Way To Get Into The Japanese Chisel Realm

The Best Way To Get Into The Japanese Chisel Realm

11-28-2013 06:28 PM by planeBill | 9 comments »

After using a friends Japanese chisel one day my eyes were wide open to the performance possible from these most basic and very necessary woodworking tools. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing that these chisels can do that a 100 year old Witherby or Pexto chisel wont do, but the ease with which a good quality Japanese nomi will slice through your wood component is almost beyond belief. In fact, until only about a year ago, I used old Witherby’s and Pexto’s and Stanley̵...

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Narex Classic Bevel-Edge Chisels

Narex Classic Bevel-Edge Chisels

03-01-2013 07:22 PM by Roswell | 16 comments »

First off, let me qualify everything I say by mentioning that this is the only proper set of chisels I’ve owned, and I’m a newbie, sorta. I picked the Narex brand because FWW liked ‘em for the price. So did Wood Magazine, and a few blogs. I like them too, with a few noted shortfalls: -The metal is definitely NOT hardened to Rc59 in mine. Moderate prying when chopping (chip removal) will bend the tip out of plane with the back on the standard 25 degree bevel. Using a 30...

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Good design, inconsistent quality

Good design, inconsistent quality

06-15-2013 10:19 PM by JayT | 13 comments »

Needing a decent set of chisels, instead of my plastic handled beaters, I decided to try the Stanley Bailey 5pc set. Now that I have been using them for about six months, it was time to do a review. The set retails for around $70 for five chisels and a leather tool roll. Initial impressions The chisels look good with brass ferrules and hoops contrasting nicely with the stained hardwood handles. I’m not a big fan of stained handles, but they do look nice out of the box. The in...

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Nice small curved adze from Bulgaria

Nice small curved adze from Bulgaria

01-22-2014 09:13 PM by jdh122 | 15 comments »

I’ve had this small bowl adze for about two months now, and used it to carve four bowls, all in poplar (not tulip poplar, quaking aspen, which we call poplar around here). So a very soft wood, and green. When I was looking for a small curved adze to use for bowls and also possibly chair seats, I hunted quite hard, and was unwilling to pay the price that the Swedish and Swiss companies want. On ebay I found this adze sold by the ebay seller mapsyst (currently at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CURV...

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