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Forum topic by shaver posted 11-11-2013 09:27 PM 1180 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2013 09:27 PM

Hello there..

I’d like to buy my first set of bench and mortising chisels – Narex got some good review from FWW and noticed these just pop up on Ebay and I’m considering getting these sets:

Feel free to recommend me in a different direction.. I figure it’s a good starter set for $100.

Any pros or cons to buying these?

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 09:56 PM

I would recommend the “bevel edge” chisels over their standard chisels. I have some of both and prefer the bevel edge ones because they get into places better. The bevel edge ones were a bit sharp on the sides so I lightly stoned them to take that off so they’d quit cutting my hands (I like to hold the chisel on the bottom end of the handle or sometimes even by the blade for some specific cuts) :D

The only real con I’ve seen using them is that the leading edge on a couple was a bit bad about chipping out. Once it went through 3-4 sharpenings it was fine as I got into the “better” steel (less brittle temper). This isn’t an uncommon affliction of many new chisels though so I can’t really throw stones at Narex over it. The one that was most annoying was my 1/4” mortise chisel which I ended up taking back about 1/8” of an inch before it performed well.

Also I bought the “standard” ones, not the metric ones which may or may not matter depending on how you work. I suspect for most things it doesn’t matter much (and I think they’re actually just “close” and were made to the closest mm anyway)

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 10:08 PM

I love my bevel edge and mortising chisels from narex. They took a good bit of work to flatten the backs, but now they work great. Unless I come into a lot of money, these will be my go-to set for a long long time.

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 10:14 PM

I only have the mortise chisel set from Narex so I can’t comment on the regular or bevel sets.
But, I really like the mortise chisels.
Excellent value.

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 11:07 PM

As others have stated, the Narex chisels are good value for the money. I especially like their mortising chisels, which have provided good service to me in chopping out mortises in a variety of woods.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 11:20 PM

I have a set of the bevel edge ones heading my way, cant comment on how good thwy are yet but i have been reading intobthem for aome time and finally pulled the trigger. next round of disposable money ill invest in a few mortice chisels, probably only 1/4 and 1/2 size. i ordered mine through LValley with thier current free ahipping till the 14th.

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 12:03 AM

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