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lumberjoe

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01-04-2013 04:20 PM

Now that I spent a lot of time properly sharpening and honing my good chisels to a nice, mirror like surface and a razor sharp edge, I don’t want to use them to hog out mortises or really deep work. I’m not necessarily looking for a really cheap set of chisels, but something that will hold an edge well when you really need to hammer on them.

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 04:36 PM

I beat the crap out of my Irwin Marples blue chip chisels and they take it nicely. I have some of those HF chisels that I use for non-chiselly things like glue cleanups and such. The Irwins cost me like 15 bucks for a set of 3 at Menards.

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 04:49 PM

I was thinking of the blue chips. They hold up well to pounding and scooping? I have a set of buck bros chisels I use for glue clean up and brad nail removal, but they do not hold an edge at all when used for their intended chisel purpose.

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 06:02 PM

Joe, if you can afford them, Japanese chisels hold an edge big time. In fact, the latest issue of Popular Woodworking has an article on them. They can definitely take a beating. I sharpened mine only once and they have done many jobs and still never needed anything other than freshening on the leather strop. A great investment for heavy duty work.

Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 06:04 PM

Look at the new Stanley chisels.
I personal do not own them but a friend of mine ( Chris Gochnour of fine woodworking fame) has a set and he is extremely happy with them.
They were on sale at tools plus

http://www.tools-plus.com/stanley-16-791.html

http://www.tools-plus.com/stanley-16-793.html

-- Bert

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lumberjoe

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 06:06 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. I’m not opposed to expensive chisels because I don’t need a full set. A 3/8, 1/2” and 3/4 would do me pretty well. In fact I’m not entirely sure how much I would use the 3/4.

Any particular brands you would recommend?

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 06:15 PM

I got mine from this site: http://www.japanwoodworker.com/page.asp?content_id=10045

I got the white steel ones. Not sure who the manufacturer was.

-- Mike

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 06:15 PM

I have a set of footprint, they work alright for me.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 06:17 PM

I used my 1” Irwin to make four 2” wide mortises in my lathe table. I sharpened it before I started and made it through all four without needing to resharpen. It was definitely slowing down a bit towards the end, but it still did the job.

I have heard good things about those new Stanley Bailey chisels. I also hear that Stanley Fatmax chisels can take a beating. They have a through tang, which I think always helps a chisel withstand punishment.

http://www.stanleytools.com/default.asp?CATEGORY=CHISELS&TYPE=PRODUCT&PARTNUMBER=16-970&SDesc=3+Piece+FatMax%26%23174%3B+Thru-Tang%26%23153%3B+Wood+Chisel+Set

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 01-04-2013 06:19 PM

I have a set of Narex mortising chisels for heavy work I reviewed here:
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2369

they are quite alright for the price range.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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lumberjoe

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 06:22 PM

I’m pretty sure woodcraft bought japan woodworker. The front page of that site reads EXACTLY like the woodcraft flyer I just got in the mail (and they even have the woodriver branded stuff). The last time I was in woodcraft, a sales guy mentioned they would be stocking Japanese chisels very soon.

Bert, I like the Stanley SW’s but couldn’t bring myself to pound them. I’ve always heard good things about Japanese chisels and wanted to try them out. The Narex mortising chisels are worth a look also.

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#11 posted 01-04-2013 07:13 PM

Instead of going the cheap chisel route how about getting some mortising chisels. They can take the beating and you only need a couple of sizes.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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