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#1 posted 09-14-2019 08:23 AM

I’ve purchased a few sets of the Narex chisel to complement my 90s era Marples Blue handled chisels. I’ve found no issues with flattening the backs. Every chisel is properly made and took a few minutes to go from 1000 to 8000 grit. The edges hold as well as my Marples with Sheffield steel. No regrets, I’d buy them again.

I looked the the Chinese made Woodcraft chisels but the product at my local store was poorly made. The blades didn’t align with the handle on the three sets I looked at and the cost was higher than Narex from amazon.

I also bought a set of the modern Stanley 750 chisels. I think they’re very nice for the $160 I spent, the backs cleaned up and flattened as quickly as the Narex. The edges hold up as well as my 90s era Marples. A little pricier for the cosmetics but a nice value.

Chisels are useless without a strategy for sharpening them. I use Japanese water stones and a Veritas sharpening jig. I have $250 worth of sharpening kit to keep my chisels and hand planes working right.

-- Eric

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