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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 07-07-2010 03:44 PM 1755 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2010 03:44 PM

I know this has been beaten to death in the forums already, but I didn’t see any recent posts so thought maybe there might be some new developments. I need to get a set of chisels. I was recently working on a project that required me to mortise some hinges with a plunge router and an edge guide, and I turned to a chisel to square up the corners. The chisels I have are a set that I’ve had for probably 10 years, long before I had any interest in woodworking. It’s a 3 chisel set and probably cost $10. Needless to say, they were totally inadequate for what I was trying to use them for.

I read some of the older posts here about chisels and it looks like the Blue Marples line is a pretty good entry level chisel, but I’ve read conflicting info about them since Irwin took them over. Some people say the chisels are junk now while others seem to think they’re still okay. I’ve seen some people say that they’re okay as long as you get the ones that say “Sheffield” on the blades.

I found this set at Rockler, but wanted to get some feedback before I ordered them.

I won’t be using them all the time, I just want to have something decent available when I need a chisel, and the price is in the ballpark of what I’m looking to spend. Thanks.

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#1 posted 07-07-2010 04:05 PM

I have that exact set and have had no problems with them at all and I use them A LOT. I believe you could get them a little cheaper if you shopped around. I think I paid $40 for mine on ebay and they had never been used. There is a set of 4 on ebay right now for $26.99 brand new, search irwin marples. They’re not Two Cherries, but they are affordable, comfortable and they will do their work.

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 04:09 PM

Thanks, I’ll definitely take a look at that auction.

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#3 posted 07-07-2010 04:20 PM

it all depent on what and how you want to work with and how often

becourse if all you want to do is something like clean corners as descrieb
3 times a year
those chiesel you already have good enoff they just need a propper sharping


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#4 posted 07-07-2010 05:00 PM

Irwin chisles are a good bang for your buck, yes there are better ones out there that will hold an edge longer, but you pay for it. I have a number of these in teh same size even, once one goes dull it gets tossed in the sharpen pile, once the pile is big enough I will take all my chisels and planes and hone them down. Some local hardware stores offer knife sharpening, if you ask they also probably will sharpen chisels and planes, generally its 2-5$, so if your not sure you want to do the sharpening yourself there is allways that option as well.

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#5 posted 07-07-2010 05:04 PM

I’ve got the same set and have no complaints. With a good edge they’re competent tools. $70 doesn’t seem like a great deal but they’re comfortable and they work. You might consider the MHG or Narex chisels too. Not sure what else is good in that range.

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#6 posted 07-07-2010 05:31 PM

Since it HAS been beaten to death (also recently – at least 3 posts in the last month). here is another beaten to death response:

very good quality, works very well, and affordable. and you can beat it to death with a mallet too ;)

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#7 posted 07-08-2010 01:09 AM

Forget the Chinese chisels ie irwin/ marples and get the narex. You may never buy another chisel and if you do it will still be a narex.

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#8 posted 07-08-2010 01:15 AM

If you want to save a few bucks but the 4 piece se and add the 2 other sizes as individuals. you don;t get the wooden box but you dont pay for it either.

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#9 posted 07-08-2010 02:20 AM

I’ve had Marple chisels for 20 plus Years and they are great . I doubt you’ll do better for the price

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#10 posted 07-08-2010 02:54 AM

I’ve also heard great things about the Narex set that PurpLev mentioned. If you don’t care for the box, you can buy the 4 pc set and buy the other two individually and save some money.

I’ve recently considered this same idea myself and have decided to save a bit more money and then buy two Lie Nielsen’s and start to build a set of those. Buying them individually is the same cost as a set (less shipping) and right now, I really only use 2 sizes anyway.

Food for thought if you want to never have to upgrade again…

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