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Forum topic by HokieKen posted 06-21-2018 05:49 PM 403 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HokieKen

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06-21-2018 05:49 PM

I’ve been pondering this set of chisels for a while. I’ve read reviews and lots of forum posts. But, most of that stuff was several years old. With the $15 coupon on eBay today, I can pick this set up for $69 shipped. I’m very tempted to give them a go at that price.

So if you have these chisels, is this a “buy it now” or a “save your money”? I have about 8 hours to decide…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!


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#1 posted 06-21-2018 05:54 PM

I’ve heard they’re good steel but often pretty far from flat so a lot of lapping is required.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 06-21-2018 06:05 PM



I ve heard they re good steel but often pretty far from flat so a lot of lapping is required.

- bobasaurus

Thanks Allen. Edge retention is my main concern with them. If the steel is good, at $17 per chisel, I can lap the backs. I have several electron-eating means at my disposal to aid in that chore so that’s not a huge deterrent for me. I’d rather have good steel that has to be lapped than crappy steel that’s dead flat…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 06-21-2018 06:09 PM

Ive had my set for a few years now and theyve held up very well. Ive never chipped an edge and havent had to do any more than run them over my 8000 grit stone after an initial sharpening. The edges are sharp and need some dubbing off though. I always cut the crease of my index finger. I cant remember how they were fresh out of the box though.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 06-21-2018 06:35 PM

Thanks chrisstef, that’s exactly what I want to hear :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 06-21-2018 06:39 PM

Ken—I have a set of more modern 750’s and there are some grinding marks on the new ones that need a bit of work. They were sharp on receipt and the tool roll is nice.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 06-21-2018 06:44 PM



Ken—I have a set of more modern 750 s and there are some grinding marks on the new ones that need a bit of work. They were sharp on receipt and the tool roll is nice.

- Don Broussard

More modern than the ones in the pic? I thought those were the most modern. Thanks for the feedback Don. I appreciate exactly that kind of feedback from people who actually have hands-on time with them!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 06-21-2018 07:33 PM

Well, that was enough waiting for me ;-) Thanks for chiming in guys, I placed the order. For better or for worse, they’re coming to me now!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 06-21-2018 07:42 PM

Kenny — I just used the term ‘“modern” to distinguish them from vintage chisels. I hope you are pleased with your purchase.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#9 posted 06-21-2018 08:43 PM

Just make sure they are not made in Charlottesville.

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#10 posted 06-21-2018 09:16 PM



Just make sure they are not made in Charlottesville.

- hokieman

I’d be able to smell them from here.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 06-21-2018 09:39 PM

I’m sure they’ll be fine. Most of the negative reviews I’ve read were rants about old Stanley vs new Stanley and I’m not sure if they even owned the chisels.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#12 posted 06-21-2018 09:55 PM

Oh so true Rick. I was a little concerned about the chrome steel in the new ones. But most reviews by people who used them for a while, gave me confidence that it’s quality steel.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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