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Forum topic by AkumAnubis posted 03-27-2008 01:37 AM 1231 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2008 01:37 AM

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I am tired of using the brand-less starter chisel set I purchased at the craft store. I was wondering what your recommendations would be for good quality carving chisels. Most of the carving I do is relief with some carving in-the-round.


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#1 posted 03-27-2008 02:10 AM

My son and I both have purchased a set of twelve Pfeil carving chisels at Woodcraft. They come finely honed and dangerously sharp. We use them for relief carving on Kentucky longrifles. They easily cut through hard curly maple and maintain their edge for a long time. I prefer the intermediate size which has an overall length of 8” and a 3 1/2” blade.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#2 posted 03-27-2008 02:11 AM

I use the Flexcut ones. Pretty nice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-27-2008 05:29 AM

I have Henry Taylor and Ashley Iles chisels in my set…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 03-27-2008 06:50 AM

Flexcut, Pfeil and Dennis Moor for me!

-- Kevin

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#5 posted 03-27-2008 01:37 PM

Thank you for the quick replies. Have any of you experienced problems with the flex cut chisel sets? I am kind of leary of those because the flexibility of the shafts makes me imagine all kinds of nasty wounds occuring due to slippage( if thats a word).

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#6 posted 03-27-2008 03:52 PM

Regardless of the type of quality chisels that you purchase, a carving glove is a good idea. The alternative is to keep a box of band-aids close by.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 03-27-2008 04:04 PM

Haven’t had any “slippage” problems with flexcut gouges. In fact the flexibility is a plus when relief carving.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#8 posted 03-27-2008 08:25 PM

I have a variety of chisels, but think my favorite brand is Pfeil.

When first started carving, I didn’t really know what sharp was until I bought a couple of Pfeil chisels.

Then sharpened mine to their same standards.

I do more relief than anything.

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#9 posted 03-27-2008 09:59 PM

Hands down Pfeil. I have taken two carving courses and used Pfeil in both, as did the instructors. If cared for properly and handled carefully these chisels should need only to be stropped for their life. By careful handling, I mean don’t let the blade edge touch other metal.

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#10 posted 03-27-2008 10:58 PM

I’m not a carver, but my Dad was. After he passed away, I did a shop cleaning and a good set of carving chisels were in the items that went on Ebay. So, if I sold a good set, somebody else might be also. You can find just about anything on Ebay.

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