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#1 posted 09-12-2019 11:30 PM

I have a pile of chisels… I inherited a bunch and have collected some over the years.

Like you, I spend a lot more time with power tools… But, every now and then, a chisel is the right tool for the job.

I have rough chisels I used in construction… They tend to get beat to crap and not treated well. But, in that pile, there are a few nice Buck Brothers, that surprised me with their quality. I’ve used those probably more than others, but those are jobsite chisels.

I have a set of Marples, but don’t reach for them that often. I feel bad beating on the back ends of them… Always a fraid the handles will crack. I have some very nice carving chisels, gouges and such that I use a lot for fine, detail work. But, like everyone else, I have two or three chisels I reach for more than any others… Usually a 1/2” and a 1/4”. But, I would never be without a nice 1/8” either.

I am really thinking about dumping a bunch of them and maybe ponying up for a nice Japanese chisel…

I will throw another vote in for buying one really good 1/2” or 1/4” chisel before anything else. Heck, if you want, I probably have about ten 3/4” chisels, you can have one or two! LOL (some of them might actually be decent chisels…)

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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