|Forum topic by jusfine||posted 06-14-2013 12:21 AM||2366 views||1 time favorited||23 replies|
06-14-2013 12:21 AM
To me, there is something fascinating about chisels.
When you get a good one and learn how to sharpen and use it, and see great results, you get a feeling of satisfaction, but then, at least for me, buying chisels became an addiction.
I began with some Marples (blue handles), stepped up and got some green handled Marples, had a Sandvik or two when framing, my dad left me a Swedish chisel when he passed away, learned a bit more about sharpening and quality, then aquired a few Lee Valley chisels, bought an introductory package of Narex mortise chisels, and then I discovered Japanese chisels…
Really wanting to get a good set for a few years now, a recent article in Fine Woodworking got me fired up again and I took to the internet to make comparisons.
I found the best price in Germany for what appears to be the same chisels as sold in the US for almost twice the price.
Never thought I would be buying Japanese chisels from Germany – this is what arrived yesterday!
A set of 10 handmade chisels with Sandalwood handles (look somewhat like rosewood).
Each one is supposedly hand stamped and I even noticed a stamp (small letter) on the handles.
It is difficult to see, maybe I will get better photos in my shop with more natural light, but you can clearly see the varied layers it takes to construct the chisel and the “grain” pattern is beautiful!
I am adding a photo from their website, much clearer.
This is a very well made set of tools, fit and finish is excellent, I can’t wait to try them out…
Also wanted to mention that there was no import tax, no duties, nothing additonal to pay.
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