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Forum topic by wouldi posted 03-12-2009 11:12 PM 10454 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2009 11:12 PM

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Ok here is the deal…. i need a set of quality chisels. I have been doing alot of research and mostly i am confusing myself. What i need is a high quality set of bevel edge bench chisels. I have looked at these brands and i am still confused on what would be the best option for me. can any one give me some info if they have used or have bought any of these brands. i am also looking to buy some mortise chisels.

two cherries
lie nielsen
blue spruce
CI Fall of sweeden

and i am also wondering if i should go with high carbon steel or a2 tool steel ….. can anybody help …

-- to the endeavor

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#1 posted 03-12-2009 11:19 PM

any of those will be good. this is all a matter of personal preference.

the difference between the 2 steel materials is hardness- one will keep an edge longer, but is harder to sharpen, while the other is easier to sharpen but will keep the edge a bit shorter – both are good and the differences are minimal – so it goes back to personal preference.

either one will give you good performance. I think the deciding factor would be final-price and what feels best in your hand.

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#2 posted 03-12-2009 11:46 PM

This is a hard choice, I know, without you being able to use each brand and type of chisel it will just be a choice you have to make by some other means. One possibility is to buy one chisel and see how you like it, maybe buy a different one and try that one and so on… All the chisels being of the same brand look good in a rack but their use is what counts, the feel, the performance by which only you can judge. My wife does woodworking also and we have different size hands and have very different favorite chisels. Good luck.

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#3 posted 03-12-2009 11:48 PM

I bought a set of Narex chisels from Highland after reading It is a good test of chisels done by Chris Gochnour. If you need the article I can email it. Send me a PM and I will be happy to forward. The Narex have been wonderful, hold and edge well, easy to hone and feel really good in my hands.

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#4 posted 03-12-2009 11:48 PM

I just got this set and they are pretty nice, and a great price.

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#5 posted 03-13-2009 12:45 AM

I also carefully studied the report on chisels in FWW, and on my next pass thru Atlanta, I plan to stop at Highland Woodworking and pick up a set of Narex chisels. With that said, for quite a few years I’ve used a set of moderately priced Ace Hardware chisels. They are very durable and can be sharpened to “shave the hair off the back of your hand” sharpness. In fact, on my latest project, a hard curly maple Kentucky rifle stock, I have been shaving off a few thousands at a time on the end grain of the butt. This is pretty good performance.

What I really need at this time is a good set of Mortising chisels. These are really expensive.

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#6 posted 03-13-2009 01:22 AM

I have three of these chisel sets, the blue spruce, lie-nielsen, and the two cherries. .
i have relegated the two cherries set to softwoods, as they have a lower cutting bevel.
the blue spruce seem to be easiest to sharpen. but the handles are not made for much mallet work.
the lie-nielsens would be my choice if i had to choose one.. i have a set of fourteen lie-nielsens, smallest to one inch, plus 4 skews. i could probably do without the skews if i had a decent fishtail chisel, but i really use the rest of the set. and i have no complaints(which is why i bought them)

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#7 posted 03-13-2009 01:54 AM

Didn’t we already have some picked out? I was quite happy with them. And a few lino blocks. Or wood. You know, for all the woodies here. I can stamp and print with either.

Anyway, retail therapy will only buy you so much happiness. But good luck.

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#8 posted 03-13-2009 04:50 AM

I too am happy with my Marples and would buy them again, except for the fact that they went out of business. The Irwins are junk.

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#9 posted 03-13-2009 06:29 AM

Don’t look further….
Bevel Chisels: Two Cherries or Pfeil.
Mortise Chisels: Hirsch – Registered (

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Francisco Luna

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#10 posted 03-13-2009 06:38 AM

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#11 posted 03-13-2009 07:19 PM

Personally, I love my new Japanese chisels and am starting to prefer Japanese hand tools altogether. They approach woodworking from a totally different perspective in a lot of ways. You might want to look into it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 03-14-2009 02:28 AM

I am happy with Marples

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