|Forum topic by Dozuki31||posted 02-29-2012 05:02 AM||3170 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
02-29-2012 05:02 AM
This is my first post on LumberJocks, and I am very happy to begin posting on these boards. I have for the longest time used this forum as a great learning resource, as there is a vast amount of great information here.
What I’m looking for is some opinions on whether these chisels I have are worth the time and effort needed to restore them. My dad had these laying around in the garage, and I figured I would restore them back to working order if they were worth it. They are in pretty rough shape, but I enjoy bringing new life to older tools. I haven’t really been able to find any info on these. All I know is that they are Craftsman, and I’m guessing were produced maybe in the 80’s-90’s.
These are the 3 chisels I have:
My first question, is the steel a good steel? There is Sheffield England stamped onto the chisel, and from what I understand, that is a good quality steel, but I’d like to get some other opinions. Should these hold an edge well?
Secondly, these are most likely a lower end chisel set, with no collectable value correct? The reason I ask, is because if the steel is good and worth restoring, I was thinking of making some new handles for them. The tops are beginning to crack, and I would like to add my own personal touch to them.
I think for now, those are my 2 major concerns. I would greatly appreciate any info, or insight you can give me. Thanks!