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Posted on Irwin Marples or Narex Premium?

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#1 posted 09-13-2019 01:09 PM

I have the Narex ones Lee Valley sells, which are the regular handle with the premium style blade that have the narrower lands in imperial measurements. They are great and of all of my handtool arsenal (I’m only a hand tool guy, no power tools) I’ve never felt like I needed to upgrade. Flattening the backs was a very quick task.

Chisel preference for most people is mainly about handle shape and what feels good to you. So you will get wild results on recommendations.

Also, ALL chisels have to be sharpened after nearly every use. That’s the nature of the beast. Power tool guys don’t like to sharpen and rarely use chisels. And when they do, it’s usually for some brute force task. So sharpening is only an occasional thing. For hand toolers, sharpening is a CONSTANT thing. I sharpen my chisels every day that they are used on a strop (no stones unless I somehow manage to damage one, which is pretty rare). If I’m doing a lot of dovetails and really putting a chisel through its paces I’m likely to hit the strop midway through as well.

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