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Forum topic by DavidTTU posted 08-25-2015 02:46 PM 1163 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2015 02:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chisels

I am finally ready for a set of good bench chisels. I am looking for at least a set of four but I would be open to whatever you have. I have a sharpening set up that I trust.

I have spent exhaustive hours reading reviews over different types of chisels in my price range ($100 – $150).
Before I go out and purchase a new set, I wanted to see if any LumberJocks were interested in downsizing/selling a set of bench chisels they dont often use or have used well and moved on from.

I value old, used tools and need to refine the process of rehabbing/sharpening/honing. I would not be afraid of putting in some elbow grease to them.

I would enjoy connecting with a LJ much more than giving amazon more of my money.

If anyone is interested in connecting let me know. I know I have some tools to thin as well if you are more interested in a trade of some sort. If no one bites in a few days I will begrudgingly let Amazon take my hobby money.


-- -David -- Lubbock, TX

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#1 posted 08-25-2015 06:22 PM

I don’t have any used chisels to sell you, but I can highly recommend Joshua Clark over at He runs a vintage used tools site and was very helpful in getting me setup with some planes and saws recently. I actually opted to get a set of new chisels because my budget was a little tight, so I’d be happy to forward you along to him to make up for my no-sale on those from him.

-- Steve, GR, MI

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#2 posted 08-25-2015 09:23 PM

Get you a new set, put your name on them, and get to work.

You’ll be happier in the long run.

I recommend the Narex premium best value for the $$ IMHO.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#3 posted 08-25-2015 09:29 PM

What sizes do you need? You could do with just a couple and get a few Lie Nielsen or Veritas.

Or go vintage for a whole set.

I have the woodriver set and they sit on my shelf, they’re okay. They’re only butt chisels though.

I also have the new Stanley “750” series chisels. They’re okay if you can get a good deal on them. I don’t think they hold an edge very long.

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#4 posted 08-25-2015 09:40 PM

You could just walk in to Harbor Freight, they have a 6 pc, WOOD HANDLED set..~$10

Those are the same chisels that were in Aldis awhile back. The 4 pc set from Aldis is the ones Paul Sellers raves about. The six pc is by the same company.

As for butt chisels….I have four on Ebay right now….all Stanleys 3/4” to 1-1/2” wide. Very stout blades, too.

( handle on ebay: str8leg*123)

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 08-26-2015 12:40 PM

Hi Bandit. Are you sure the HF chisels are the same as the Aldi ones Paul Sellers touts? Reviews are abysmal for these on the HF website. Of course the reviews all say the chisels bent easily, so who knows what the reviewers were doing with them.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#6 posted 08-26-2015 01:26 PM

Welllll, for one thing…I have the Aldis ones, used them on the last two or three projects…no issues.

Now..IF you use a chisel like a 3’ crow bar…yes, any chisel will be tempted to bend.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 08-26-2015 02:30 PM

I don’t live in the US and so cannot comment fully on the quality of HF chisels as we do not have HF here in Blighty.
I suspect however, the HF chisels are of Chiwainese origin, whereas the ALDIs chisels are made in Germany. I too have a couple of sets of the ALDI chisels. I would recommend them fully, particulary as the pack of four cost me £4.99. The handles are not to my liking, however if you are competent enough, switching the handles to ones more aesthetically pleasing is no drama.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#8 posted 08-27-2015 03:16 PM

I took a good look at the Narex premium chisels, they look like a solid set of bench chisels. Steve I don’t think I can afford anything from Joshua Clark, I wish I could they look great. Thanks for the offer.

Anyone else have a recommendation before I leap?

-- -David -- Lubbock, TX

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#9 posted 08-27-2015 03:26 PM

Yes—given your parameters, the Narex set is a no-brainer (the set of 7 for 77.00 is your best bet)

If you act before 8-31-15, Lee Valley has free shipping

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#10 posted 08-27-2015 05:06 PM

David, I have a 4pc set of Narex premium that I’ll sell. They are indeed a good value but I like the vintage chisels I’ve assembled better.

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#11 posted 08-27-2015 05:47 PM

Tim, how much are you looking to get out of your 4 pc Narex?

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