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Forum topic by diverlloyd posted 02-14-2014 12:01 AM 1100 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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diverlloyd

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02-14-2014 12:01 AM

Hey jocks, I was wondering if any of you guys have first hand experience with the harbor freight chisels? I understand the low quality but is the quality caused by bad metal or the bad hardening. I’m looking at modifying some chisels and don’t want to mess up my good ones. So if the metal is ok but the hardening is bad that would be ideal for me since they will be heated and bent then rehardened and tempered. If any of you have some feed back that would be appreciated, and thanks for reading and posting.


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dawsonbob

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#1 posted 02-14-2014 12:06 AM

I have the four chisel set, and use them all the time. They’ll get sharp, but don’t hold an edge as well as I would like. If you’re going to re-harden and temper them, they might get better. If you do, please keep us advised of the results. For $6 you can’t go wrong.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#2 posted 02-14-2014 12:09 AM

I bought a set from the several yeas ago and they are O.K. Probably don’t need to do anything to them other than sharpening often which I have no problem doing as a hobby person who uses the lathe here and there.

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Ingjr

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 12:10 AM

I use a set all the time. Most for rougher work. You know, painted wood, etc. For my regular woodworking I use a selection of vintage chisels I’ve found at flea markets.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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diverlloyd

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 12:33 AM

I’m needing to bend and reshape them and for the price it would save me a day maybe two in forging and reshaping them. I have to make 14 sayas (scabbards)for some swords to be kept in so I would like to save my nice steel for some more swords and knives. The not holding a edge for long I’ve read about and was hoping it is just the hardening. Looking around the web I can’t find anything on the steel they use.

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dawsonbob

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#5 posted 02-14-2014 12:39 AM

Well, it’s really a proprietary Chinese mystery steel formulation, handed down from person to person for generations (or days, whichever come first). I would say that for $6 you can try it and see how it behaves. What have you got to lose (other than $6)?

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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mahdee

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#6 posted 02-14-2014 12:41 AM

The steel must be of a lower grade meaning having too much space between the cells. So, just hardening them will not do any good unless you are wiling to fold and pound which will defeat the purpose. They do have a more expensive set for like $70 dollars; probably a better grade steel. If I were you, I would look into car leaf-springs 1972 and older. They were made of high quality, high density steel.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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diverlloyd

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#7 posted 02-14-2014 01:36 AM

Have plenty of leaf springs just didn’t want to waste them

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#8 posted 02-14-2014 01:54 AM

A set of 4 Narex chisels can be had for about $26 from Highland Woodworking. There are also have larger sets available (Lee Valley). They are made in the Czech Republic and have had some decent reviews.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 02-14-2014 02:06 AM

HF chisels are for the work we do using a chisel when you should not. Thus you can justify the minor expense when you destroy the thing using it for the wrong job. (laughing) Lee Valley does have a nice set though.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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diverlloyd

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#10 posted 02-14-2014 02:41 AM

I have nice sets of Japanese chisels. So this is just to make a set of speciality chisels. Thanks for all the options given by you all, I guess I will ask the wife for the hf chisels for vday so I can destroy them as long as they are not cast. I should be able to make the metal work for me.

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