pfeil cabinetmakers bench chisels

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Review by maljr1980 posted 09-25-2011 08:18 AM 17455 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i recently purchased this 6 piece chisel set from woodcraft for $199.99 plus tax. woodcrafts website calls this a limited edition set. they seem to be pretty good, ive never used any other high end chisels to compare them to, i’ve only had $30 or $40 sets from home depot or lowes. they feel pretty light weight to me, have a very nice machined polished surface to them. i spent maybe 2 hours lapping the backs flat and honing the blades on the 6 of them. i lapped flat about as much of the back as i could on a king 800/4000 combination japanese water stone, and honed the edges to 25 degrees with a 30 degree microbevel, that is how they came from the factory btw. the octagonal oil finished elm handles are very comfortable in the hand. the set came with 6mm(1/4), 10mm(3/8), 12mm(1/2), 16mm(5/8), 19mm(3/4), and 26mm(1). my only complaints are that these are the only sizes they make, i almost wish i would have got the regular pfeil bench chisels or another brand so i could add an 1/8”, and the larger chisels up to 1 1/2 or 2”. also these chisels dont have ferules on top so ive been cautious to only use an estwing 12oz double face soft hammer, not sure if its the right tool for the job but i dont have a wooden or brass mallet for striking chisels. the chisels seem to hold an edge well, but i dont have anything to compare it to. i would have liked to see a leather roll instead of canvas, and would have liked them to have come with the protective tips to cover the edges when not in use. i got these before i did much research on chisels. my choices at the time were between this set, the two cherries chisels, and stanley sweethearts which i read bad reviews of. after handling these and the two cherries i decided on these, as the two cherries brand just felt like it was a cheaper quality tool. i didnt know about the narex or ashley isles chisels at the time. the robert sorby, lei-neilsen, blue spruce and japanese chisels were a little above my price range. i would be interested to hear comments from others who own these and any comparisons they may be able to make between these and some of the other brands i have mentioned.

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 02:48 PM

They’re a beautiful set of chisels. I don’t have any Pfiel chisels but I have a good number of their carving tools and I think very highly of them. Thanks for the review.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 05:09 PM

I don’t think you can go wrong with Pfeil. I have the complete bench chisel set (11 chisels) and have not regretted it one bit. I have recently started practicing making hand cut dovetails, and these chisels have performed extremely well!

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