Traditional Woodworker chisels

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Review by dbray45 posted 02-22-2011 06:05 PM 9727 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I purchased 6 chisels of this set. I was looking for a set of chisels that were in inches and not metric conversion like most of the chisels out there. My current set of Marples/Irwin/blue handled chisels have been good to me but are not real hard and keeping them sharp has been an issue. So, I bought the 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, and 5/8” chisels since these were the sizes that I will use the most. The way they are labeled is also nice and readable.

These chisels, like all the rest, come with a lacquered finish that has to be removed. These chisels have the edges buffed so there were no sharp edges and corners that can cut your hands when holding them. The backs required flattening and there was a really fine micro bevel on the backs that had to be removed. I changed the front chisel angle about 2 degrees, for my liking and the hardness of these chisels proved themselves. Using water stones, the process of cleaning the edges to the way I like them with a mirror finish, takes a good while but when I was done, the tests were good. In pieces of red maple, poplar, and ash (in grains that I have gotten a lot of tear out in the middle) the cuts were clean.

The prices were competitive and having more sizes in the smaller ranges makes it nice for what I do.

For me, this was a good purchase.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 06:41 PM

They are not stamped with metric sizes, just fractional inch sizes.

The description on their web and catalog—
“These Firmer Bevel Edge Chisels are the perfect choice for all your bench work. The stated sizes are true imperial inch sizes and not metric approximations. Made according to the most stringent German industrial norms, these bevel edge chisels are made by one of the remaining chisel makers in Germany. The blades are hand-forged from special German high carbon steel and hardened and tempered to a guaranteed level of Rc 61. The ability to take and hold an edge has been further enhanced by adding small amounts of Chromium and Vanadium alloys to the steel. The blades are mirror polished to facilitate re-sharpening and honing. Sturdy and double-hooped hornbeam handles allows for mallet use should it be needed. Although pretty sharp straight from the box a final honing to suit individual preferences is recommended. Each chisel also comes with an edge guard for added protection. Made in Germany. Traditional Woodworker Trademark. Click on any picture below for more information on the bevel edge chisel that interests you. “

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 08:21 PM

Nice review. Thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 09:29 PM

One note, even the 1/8” was labeled with the size, something that some of the other chisels do not have.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 03:14 AM

What kind of price did they fetch? If you don’t mind me asking.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 02:17 PM

Somewhere around $105.00 US plus shipping. Average price is around $17 – 18.00 each They aren’t the cheapest price but nowhere near the most expensive either.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 02:25 PM

These look really nice. Thanks for the review.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 11:37 PM

Just a general observation … everything I have bought from Traditional Woodworker is top quality merchandise.


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