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#1 posted 07-01-2019 03:42 PM

For purposes of learning, and gaining a better understanding of metals, and the sharpening process. I would advocate that you start with a cheap set of chisels. Something like these

You are learning about turning, so likely you will be using less expensive wood, So not much is going to be a negative. What will happen is right after you sharpen you will be seeing pretty good results, but because of so so metal, they won’t keep an edge, and you will see pretty quick degradation of your results.

Time to sharpen, so as you are seeing that junk metal isn’t the way to progress, it won’t hold an edge, you are also on a speed course about sharpening. If they aren’t sharp you will NOT be doing much quality turning.

It won’t be long before you will gain an understanding of quality metal, and good sharpening are what you want. Then the prices of better quality chisels won’t be wasted on you, and you will already have gotten a feel for sharpening.

Good metal, and good sharpening, go hand in hand.

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