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#1 posted 09-12-2019 01:29 PM

I’m going to start with a question. Which of your current HF chisels do you use the most?

What I’ve found for myself and see in others is that buying sets is not generally the best way to acquire chisels. Most woodworkers are far better off buying higher quality individual chisels in a couple of sizes they use most and expand from there. If you are using every chisel in your current set equally, then great, buy another set. If you use your 1/2in chisel a lot more than the others, get a really good 1/2in chisel and continue to use the other sizes of the HF ones until you feel you need to invest in another size.

Also consider if an in between size would be even better for your work. One of my most used chisels is a 3/8, which you will not find in any set. I also use 1/8 a lot. I’ve had chisel sets and two or three of them never seem to get used (usually the wide ones), which means you are paying for stuff you don’t need. I’ve been much happier spending on a few Two Cherries that fit my woodworking needs instead of a set that doesn’t. It cost a bit more, but that has been spread over time and the steel quality and balance is leaps and bounds higher, which makes for a much better user experience.

Again, if a set really fits how you work, then there is nothing wrong with buying one. I just wanted to present a different avenue of thought that has worked better for a lot of woodworkers.

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