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Forum topic by planeBill posted 07-08-2012 03:06 AM 1866 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2012 03:06 AM

I do have other chisels but when I bought these I had every intention of putting them into action. These are some dead mint Pexto chisels with the box and even has the packing paper still with them. The handles have, or at least appear to have, never been hit once. These are “my” dream chisels, well, some of them. Since getting them I am having second thoughts about using them. I am just not a “collector”, I don’t have that frame of mind but these are awfully nice.
What would you do? Use them or leave em in the box in a drawer somewhere?

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#1 posted 07-08-2012 03:13 AM


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#2 posted 07-08-2012 03:18 AM

Use ‘em. Congrats on a fine set.

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 03:22 AM

Thanks quartersawn and waho. They are sweet aren’t they? I can’t quit grinning. Have any idea what “bevel back” means? See on the box where it says that? I’ve never heard of that before.
I like the way you think waho6o9. Thats the way I’m leaning too.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#4 posted 07-08-2012 03:24 AM

I would say use them. They are of no historical significance. Just a really nice set of chisels.

Now, if some collector offers enough to replace them with similar quality plus something to make it worth your while, go for it. Trading up is always a good thing.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#5 posted 07-08-2012 03:40 AM

Congrats, I believe those are the same set I was bidding on a couple of weeks ago. Glad a user ended up with them, I figured it was a collector and they would never be put to work. I have a half dozen or so Pexto chisels, they are some of the best I own. I hope you put ‘em to work and use them as intended, I know if they were mine that is what I would do. They are too good to just look at.

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#6 posted 07-08-2012 04:26 AM

Yeah, I am kinda feelin like you guys, use them. Think I’m gonna take em to the stones and put a nice edge on them.

Boy, that didn’t take much persuading, did it? ;)

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#7 posted 07-08-2012 05:07 AM

Those may be pretty collectible. I have seen sets of
Pexto chisels go for a pretty penny.

I would watch auction prices and consider selling them,
personally. My style of using chisels influences me
in these matters though. If you like that style of
handle and are willing to forgo hitting them with
hammers, they may be good keepers. The brand
has a good rep.


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#8 posted 07-08-2012 05:32 AM

My thoughts about chisels are that you don’t need high end chisels to get the job done. If it were me and Pexto chisels bring bigs $$ then I’d sell them and replace them with a $60 set and buy another tool I need with the left over money. Your Chisels don’t have to be pretty to work.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 07-08-2012 12:23 PM

I’d find out if they have a special value being unused. If they did I think I’d become a ’’collector’’. If they didn’t, i’d use them.

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#10 posted 07-08-2012 12:50 PM

+1 to a1Jim



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#11 posted 07-08-2012 12:58 PM

“Have any idea what “bevel back”means?

PlaneBill, see the bevels on the back of the blades? That’s so ya can get closer into corners.


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#12 posted 07-08-2012 01:16 PM

Congrats, they’re fine looking chisels. Dreams do come true, use them! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#13 posted 07-08-2012 02:07 PM

So far I have a set of the new Stanley 750”s, a nearly complete set of original 750’s, a set of Marples from HD plus a few Narex and assorted Swan chisels and a few other Pexto chisels and a myriad of rehandled Stanley 60’s .
I too have learned that one does not need expensive tools to do good work, I don’t even do good work with expensive tools. The Marples from HD do just as well as the others, I just really wanted these, can’t explain it.
So, I have my beaters like everyone else and use them, like everyone else. I like having some nice tools too. My initial thoughts were to use these too when I bought them but then just had second thoughts. I just got them, I certainly don’t want to sell them. That option isn’t even on the table. Thanks for the advice though. I was just wondering if I should use them or become a dreaded collector. (Nothing against those of you who are)
Bill White, I am feeling quite the dummy now. I always called the face of the blade with the bevels the front.
Don, thanks for the sound advice.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#14 posted 07-08-2012 02:35 PM

They certainly are a sweet looking set of chisels. I just came across a pexto bit brace that ill be refurbishing as my next project. I havent dug too deep with my search on Pexto, but from what ive gathered so far they were manufactured in Southington CT, which is 15 minuted from me, starting around 1890 – 1895. Id love to hear any info you have on the Pexto company.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#15 posted 07-08-2012 02:52 PM

Just a few. It appears that they started out making tinsmith’s tools. I have seen Pexto sheetmetal tools on ebay, Brakes and rollers and formers. Stationary machinery.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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