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Forum topic by Trey posted 04-09-2014 01:13 AM 1813 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Trey

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04-09-2014 01:13 AM

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=70784&cat=1,41504

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited. I’m new to woodworking, only a year, and I don’t even own chisels. I can wait to start learning. I read conflicts information about stainless, but I figured I’d try these. The price was hard to pass up. Now I have to learn to sharpen them, after I get some stones.


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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 04-09-2014 01:17 AM

Nice set. I can drool over that.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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mikeevens45

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#2 posted 04-09-2014 01:20 AM

I was looking at the narex but these have beautiful handles….comparable on price too…great another decision to make

mike

-- as technology progresses, wood workers seem to regress...all my power tools and my favorite is a chisel and a hand plane

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Trey

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#3 posted 04-09-2014 01:22 AM

I read that the narex set is good. I might have got sold on looks this time. Whoops

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planeBill

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#4 posted 04-09-2014 03:54 AM

Not trying to pi$$ in anybodys cereal but does anybody really know anything about these chisels? Stainless steel? Really. For the price I think I would go for the Narex without even thinking twice. I hope they work out for you though and that you are happy with them.

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

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#5 posted 04-09-2014 04:04 AM

Well, playbill there’s stainless steel, and then there’s stainless steel. Just like tool steels, it depends on how it’s heat treated. A very good tool steel like 1095 could make a very good chisel, or a very bad one depending on the treatment. Same with a stainless like 440C. Some very, very good knives and tools are made from 440C. These chisels may be among them…or not, depending on how they’re heat treated. Don’t knock them just because they’re stainless, though. As I said, there’s stainless steel, and then there’s stainless steel.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#6 posted 04-09-2014 06:40 AM

playbill: “Not trying to pi$$ in anybody’s cereal but does anybody really know anything about these chisels? Stainless steel?”

You just did and it tastes like it. As dawsonbob has pointed out Stainless Steel is not necessarily a bad thing.

What do YOU know about Stainless Steel Chisels? Anything? If you’re going to criticize Trey for buying them instead of what YOU would Have bought, a reason for doing so might have been a good idea.

Price Narex: Set of 4 Chisels (1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4”, 1”) $44.50 Set of 7 Chisels (1/4” to 1”) $74.00

Price Perfect-Pattern Handled Chisels, set of 5 ( 1”, 3/4”, 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/4”) $69.00 (No Real difference In Price Considering The Number You Get.)

dawsonbob: I Totally Agree. Just because they are Stainless Steel doesn’t make them a Bad Set of Chisels.

You know more about this stuff than I do. This is a Cut & Paste from LV and the Description of those Chisels.

”These chisels have comfortable perfect-pattern handles cast of 420 stainless steel that are double-scarf welded to 440 stainless-steel blades of Rc56-59 hardness.

The handle scales of resin-impregnated pakka wood are brass-riveted in place and the entire handle and neck are then hand polished.”

They sound pretty good to me. Especially since Trey is a Beginner and this is his first set of Chisels.

Trey: A word of Caution! The Sharp end of any kind of a Chisel has a Passion for Slicing Human Skin! Point it away from YOU! (Just Kidding Buddy)....LOL…

Enjoy your New Acquisition!!

Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 04-09-2014 08:51 AM

Looks like a great set and I look fwd to hearing how you like them. Lee Valley normally sells great tools. The advice I have recieved here and from others on chesils, is one of the main keys is keeping them nice and sharp! No matter how expensive of a chesil you have if its dull its dangerous.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-09-2014 09:12 AM

Trey, I bet you’ll like them. You’ll have to learn a good sharpening technique and use it. Sharp tools are a real pleasure to work with. But, like the others have told you, watch out for that sharp end. It ain’t particular about what it cuts.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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HorizontalMike

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#9 posted 04-09-2014 01:20 PM

IMO, those look like a great buy. I have an old cheap set that I got from either Sears or HD. If I keep them sharp they work just fine. The point is to keep whatever your have “sharp” and you will be fine.

And do NOT forget about Rick’s warning, chisels are probably the most dangerous hand tool you’ll own. FWIW, I jammed a 1/4in chisel into the butt of my hand/palm and ended up with a 1-1/2in cut that was at least 1/4in deep. I got lucky in that I missed any/all arteries/veins/nerves and managed to close it up (one-handed) without dripping too much blood everywhere. What did I do wrong? I was holding the board I was working on, instead of anchoring the board with hold-downs or clamps. Just a thought for safe practices…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 04-09-2014 01:41 PM

Congratulations on the new chisels, Trey! My chisels are mostly flea market dollar wonders.I figure I’ll learn how to sharpen on them and get a good set some day. Be safe and enjoy them!

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 04-09-2014 02:01 PM

Enjoy I hope they work as good as they look.

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#12 posted 04-09-2014 03:02 PM

It looks like a real nice set of chisels. Keep ‘em sharp and have fun.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 04-10-2014 09:30 PM

Hey RICK, excuse me. Ive never seen any, ANY chisels made of ss that were worth the price of the package. That’s what I know about them. There. I also know that if it made good chisels Pexto, Stanley, witherby, j swan, butcher, sorby, blue spruce or any other of the top makers, past or present would have, at some point in the 100 plus years that these companies span, marketed chisels made with it.
I even said I HOPE they work out and that he was happy with them, so then there is that.
I have never intended to insult ANYONE here and didn’t intend to this time either so.
SS doesn’t even make a good knife, its for bolts and screws.
SO Ill Tell you what you do ricky show me a quality set of ss chisels.

Enjoy the taste, Im sure its not a first for you.

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

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#14 posted 04-10-2014 11:49 PM

planeBill says “SS doesn’t even make a good knife, its for bolts and screws” proving beyond all doubt that he knows absolutely nothing about metals and metallurgy.

Enjoy your chisels, Trey, you’ll be fine.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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richardwootton

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#15 posted 04-11-2014 12:20 AM

Shoot, I think they look great! Let us know how they perform, I might pick up a set if you like them. Just get them good and sharp and you’ll be set.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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