Great value, can be honed to a razor edge and holds it well

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Review by jake posted 12-22-2009 05:36 AM 3963 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These are a great value and should be in every tool chest if your working with wood and can’t afford the high end tools. These are far and away a step up from the cheap tools you find at the big box discounters but not too much more money. They hold an edge well and with a little work can be honed to a razor edge. They hold their edge well, as I completed entire projects without sharpening them. One prior off brand set I bought were being sharpened more often than I was wood the wood. The plastic handles on these feel good in your hand but if using a mallet they may be somewhat slender. They really take a beating, as mine have helped me complete many projects with many hardwoods that were used. These have been trusty companions for so long I hate to replace them with pricier tools that may look like heirloom tools but not too sure how much benefit I will derive from spending a lot more.

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 03:06 PM

i have a full set of these and have to agree they are great but mine say marples on the handle as irwin recently purchased marples. I’ll add that i like to use a round mallet with these i find it easier to hit the handle with it. i use the scary sharp method of sharpaning and love the fact that they hold their edge so well.

great review


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#2 posted 12-22-2009 08:06 PM

I’ve got these (the Marples) on my wish list along with the Grizzly wet grinder for x-mas. I believe with that combo, my hand-cut dovetailing will get much better. I have a few Stanleys, but I had abused those pretty badly before getting into wood working, so a few need to be taken to a bench grinder quite badly. I did have one that was in good shape, and I got that hair-shaving sharp using a 1000/6000 waterstone, and it has held an edge for months while I’ve been learning. I just wanted a good, consistent set that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, and the Irwin Marples seemed to fit that bill perfectly. I was also convinced by the fact that Tommy (T-chisel) used one in his sharpening video ;) So I plan to use the Stanleys for rough work around the house, and the Irwins for the more precise stuff in the wood shop.

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 09:17 PM

After having a few really poor quality chisels I stepped up to these; The only drawback I have with them is that the back of the chisel has fairly deep grind marks, so if you like to get your chisels tuned in this will require a bit of flattening. I use water stones for all of my sharpening work; these chisels sharpen VERY well with this method and they hold an edge for a reasonable amount of time.

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 11:38 PM

I really like my set too! have had them for quite a while. I was watching a Frank Klauz video in which he was using a set of Irwin Chisels (blue handled plastic set) from the store stock. after a few minutes he commented that he liked the balance and the weight of the chisels in use, but had one suggestion to make them better, he suggested cutting or sanding just enough material off the end of the handles to make them flat on the end and then smooth the edges at the cut line for better control when striking them. I trimmed my handles until they were flat on the end (very small amount removed) and immediately noticed that my chisel and mallet work was much more accurate afterwards. I used to get the occasional glancing blow from the rounded ends but no more. It was a great idea that has paid dividends in my work. Worth considering…........

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#5 posted 12-23-2009 01:59 AM

wow i was gonna get these too but the kid at rockler told me they suck i think they look good plus u can get a large quantity of them in all sizes. i have the new marples but one had a crack in the back of the blade hairline but i think it weakened as i sharpened so i want to get some new chisels thanks for the review.

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 06:20 AM

I bought a set of these earlier this year, the 8 piece set, from Woodcraft, at a good price. Then I filled out the top end of the set with the next two sizes, making 10 chisels in all. The two big ones came via (I always check there). I have flattened the backs of most of them, and brought some of them to mirror finish (scary sharp method). They have done all I asked when building a lumber rack (pine) and a dining table (red oak). One thing I would like to do is build a nice box for them to rest in. I never hit these guys with a hammer. I always use a mallet for chopping and sometimes for paring. But they’re sharp enough to do paring cuts without a lot of force. I believe these chisels will be heirlooms, if I can get the grandkids interested enough in woodworking.

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#7 posted 07-21-2010 02:22 AM

I’ve got a set of these too and have been fairly happy with them. Thanks for the review.

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