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

It all depends on what your primary use is. There are chisels more suitable to dovetails and some that are not.

I have both sets you mention. The very first chisels I bought were the blue handled Irwins. I quickly found they are sub-optimal for dovetails because of the high side bevel heights. I consider them more a “firmer” utilitarian type chisel. Great for general tasks and mortises. They hold an edge as good, or maybe better than the Narex.

The Narex premiums are a good, entry chisel . You’ll get a good bang for the buck. Fairly low side bevel heights, making them good for dovetails. My only complaint on them is 1) be prepared to do some work getting the backs flat, 2) edge retention could be better.

If you’re not doing hand dovetails, I would to with the Irwins.

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