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Pricey, but worth it.

Pricey, but worth it.

02-12-2010 04:57 PM by Jon Spelbring | 14 comments »

I’ve recently been bitten by the hand tool bug. I’ve been learing to do dovetails and MT joints by hand (fun!). My current set of chisels is the ole blue Marples. They do the job, but I wanted something with a little more finesse for fine tuning my dovetails, so what better than a couple of dovetail chisels. I did my research, and kept coming up with Blue Spruce. So, I decided to bite the bullet and order a couple to see if they were up to the hype. Yes. How’s tha...

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Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

Massive Mortise Chisels - Excellent Quality!

06-16-2013 03:04 AM by jusfine | 8 comments »

The first photo and description of the set of chisels from Lee Valley website is as follows, which gives some of the technical details. These are massive chisels for quickly wasting material from deep mortises. The 1/2” thick, high-carbon steel blades (Rc61) taper in width from tip to shoulder for sidewall clearance when cutting deep mortises. The 6-1/2” hooped hornbeam handles are oversize for grip and have leather shock washers. About 13” to 14” long overall, t...

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DeWalt Side Strike Chisel Really Work

DeWalt Side Strike Chisel Really Work

03-26-2012 11:09 PM by Harry_Ch | 7 comments »

Recently got the DeWalt Side Strike Chisel because I needed a tool that could take being used and abused but wouldn’t complain about it later. Saw the batoning chisel LV has, but got to handle this one first. Out of the box(so to speak), it has a good sturdy blade with a 1 inch chisel nose along with an equally good side bevel/serrated edge(dang left-handed design). The handle is thick enough to fit your hand very well, regardless of which way you are holding it. That’s hard to...

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A step up from my no-name chisels

A step up from my no-name chisels

01-17-2011 08:49 AM by RandyMorter | 17 comments »

I know next to nothing about chisels but I’ve been trying to use them a bit. I’ve got some cheap set, probably from Home Depot, with nicks in them that I work around. I’d like to learn how to sharpen them but haven’t started down that path yet. I’ve read mixed reviews about these chisels but something inside me said to get them so I did. They came covered in some kind of oil that I removed with mineral spirits (please tell me if I’ve already ruined th...

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Really Nice Set of Chisels

Really Nice Set of Chisels

07-13-2015 10:06 PM by jonah | 10 comments »

The Narex chisels are pretty well-regarded from what I’ve read. That’s why I bought them about a year ago. I was looking for something better than the godawful big box chisels I had before (you can see them peeking out in the picture). I had no stomach for spending hundreds of dollars on a set of chisels. The Narex are sort of the Honda of chisels – they are a quality product at a moderate price that will last. Using them infrequently over the past year, I have to confirm...

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Sideways Cutting

Sideways Cutting

01-24-2013 04:55 AM by vipond33 | 12 comments »

I’ve never been much for batoning. All that hewing and froeing, to what end? Odd shaped chunks of wood for rustic furniture or homemade shingles? Turning blanks? Exotic construction? Not my bag; I’d rather split infinitives. What I do like is having specialty tools that go where others can’t and then do the impossible. Like these very tiny planes. They are are a set of two (L&R handed) side cutting chisels available from Lee Valley under the Chestnut...

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great chisels

great chisels

04-05-2012 04:04 PM by reggle | 7 comments »

Great value chisel set.Any woodworker will laugh at the state of sharpness of these. The packaging states `Sharpened & ready to use but a bit of sharpening on the oilstone got them to a razer egde. Product Description Marples Ms500 Soft Touch B/E Chisel Set 5 Metal striking cap allows use with a hammer, prolongs the life of the handle and prevents mushrooming. The soft touch handles are oil and water resistant to prevent slippage and to give improved comfort even during prolon...

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

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

05-27-2011 01:23 AM 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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Two cherries bevel edge chisels

Two cherries bevel edge chisels

11-10-2013 09:23 PM by arthurbvb | 5 comments »

I have had these chisels now for over a year. It was my first set so I have little to compare. On the picture there are only 3 chisels but I have three others. I don’t use the big chisels as I find them awkward to use. I have used the chisels a lot and enjoy working with them.It took me 20 minutes to flatten the back, first sandpaper, then diamond stones, then auto polish on MDF. I sharpen them on diamond stones and then on a leather strop with flex cut gold (paul sellers method). I nev...

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Great starter kit for a great price!

Great starter kit for a great price!

05-06-2014 12:57 PM by vetwoodworker | 6 comments »

I am a Hobbyist woodworker, and have been looking into wood carving for a while now. I did not want to spend large amounts of money for a carving set not knowing if I would like it enough to stick with it. Enter this kit! When it arrived (On time as promised, in double packaging!), I immediately opened it to feel the tools, and inspect the quality. I was pleasantly surprised. The handles are ergonomic and cushioned, and the steel is pretty heavy grade. Knowing that no tool comes with a great ...

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