|Forum topic by manyironsinfire||posted 01-25-2011 09:14 AM||1192 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-25-2011 09:14 AM
I’ve been searching around for awhile now on wood chisels.
After some thought , I bought individually stanley fat max steel core chisels, made in england (so they said). Got them home and realized most of the handles were put on twisted, very pathetic Quality control i guess (the chinese stanley handles were dead straight, imagine that). So i took them back and picked out the best i could find.
Sharpened a few up and played around on some oak. With a 25 degree angle, the edge would curl under fairly easy with a good hit or two with a mallet.one of them the sides were ground parallel but they werent straight if that makes sence. And the width sizes were all over the place, not inch or metric. At this point i was getting a sick feeling.
Thinking something was wrong with them, i took them back. Next got a set of german MHG chisels at hartville hardware.
They came with 20 degree angles ground. I sharpened one up, did the same thing with oak. I sharpened to 25, same thing but a little better. sharpened to 30, better but still burrs under. They seem to be very close to the stanleys, maybe a little better. But these dont seem to take as good of an edge. I rockwell tested one at work and it matched the advertised 61rc that the desc says.
My question: is it the oak or the chisels? Or me expecting to much? Both the stanleys and the mhg’s say they’re chrome- vanadium or high chrome steel if that makes any difference. I’ve heard some sugest that you need to grind back some to get to the “good” steel. Any truth to that?