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Forum topic by Kenny posted 02-14-2012 07:08 AM 1277 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2012 07:08 AM

I am looking for a decent set of chisels. Something relatively nice, made from a good steel and reasonably priced. I’m not looking for a particular brand, but nothing super cheap (ie: low-quality)
Even something like a set of Stanley FatMax’s or a similar set would be OK.
I will take an old set in need of cleaning and sharpening as long as they are salvageable. Wooden handles in bad shape are OK as long as they can be replaced.

I would love an old set of socket chisels, even without handles, if someone has some for a reasonable price.

Please post here or PM me with info

I am in Sanford, Maine and have no issue with paying for shipping.


-- Kenny

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 12:09 PM

Kenny, I have an old set of Marple chisels that have served me well for about 15 years. I see now that Irwin bought them or into them, so don’t know if the quality is the same. You can get a set of them for about $50 on Amazon. I just bought a set of Narex mortise chisels that are holding up well. And the handles are ugly enough, if you want to make new handles for them, you’ll have a woodworking project.

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 12:25 PM

Kenny, I agree with Tim; the blue handled Marples are the ticket. I’ve had mine for 18 years and use them for the heavy work. I purchased a Stanley Sweetheart set a while ago and use these for paring and just love em. Tim, I too own the Narex mortise chisels and like them. For that kind of heavy pounding, nice handles are to me not needed although would be a nice project..I find the Blue Spruce chisels just wonderfully beautiful!
In “chips and shavings”,

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 04:13 PM

I have the Narex, nice chisels and wont break the bank. Best pricing I found was at Highland Woodworking. FYI they are metric in width.

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#4 posted 02-14-2012 04:23 PM

Up in Maine used socket chisels are easy to find, you should know. That
part of the country is loaded with old woodworking tools. I’ve been
to a couple of stores in the Belfast area with lots of old tools. Picked
up a patternmaker’s rasp in one for a few dollars ($50 rasp).

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#5 posted 02-14-2012 05:11 PM

Thanks Loren, and everybody else too.

Honestly, I’m new to Maine, and I haven’t a clue where to look for used tools around here. I’ll do some online searchin, but any suggestions are super appreciated!

I have heard of one place up by Lie-Nielsen, but I’m in Sanford, and they’re 2-1/2 to 3 hours drive from here. I’d like to find something closer, maybe an hour or so away?

But, I will drive if needed.


-- Kenny

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 07:05 PM

Hey Kenny, I’m a Kenny too. Sometimes you can find a few old tools in the shops along Rt. 1 from York to Portland but the bargains get snatched up by the high traffic in the summer. I have found a few good things,but if I see any good chisels “the early bird gets the worm”. Just kidding. You might give that trip a try early in the spring when they all open for the season.

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 09:56 PM

Have you found chisels yet or are you still looking?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#9 posted 02-18-2012 08:53 AM


I’m still looking/thinking. I have yet to decide what I really want, or more accurately what I want that fits into my budget.

I’m kinda hoping something nice comes along and sort of falls into my lap, so to speak. Though if that doesn’t happen, I’ll likely take the ride up to Liberty Tool Company and see what they have, as I’d really (REALLY) like a nice set of vintage socket chisels, but at a price I can afford.

If I don’t have luck there, there is one other place I’m going to try, and then I’ll likely resort to a new set of Irwin/Marples or Woodriver (or whatever else happens to be on sale…).


-- Kenny

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