Really Nice Set of Chisels

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Review by jonah posted 07-13-2015 10:06 PM 9423 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Narex chisels are pretty well-regarded from what I’ve read. That’s why I bought them about a year ago. I was looking for something better than the godawful big box chisels I had before (you can see them peeking out in the picture). I had no stomach for spending hundreds of dollars on a set of chisels. The Narex are sort of the Honda of chisels – they are a quality product at a moderate price that will last.

Using them infrequently over the past year, I have to confirm that car analogy. They came out of the package pretty close to razor sharp. I touched them up on my 6000 grit waterstone and my strop and they were perfect. They are solid but not heavy. The handles are a good size, comfortable, and easy to grip. They hold an edge seemingly forever.

I wish I had more in between sizes, but at ~$45 for four chisels, how much better can you do?

I bought mine from Lee Valley, where they are still $45 for a set of four. If I had to do it again, I probably would have sprung for the set of seven for $77, just so I’d have some of those useful in between sizes (3/8”, 5/8”, etc).

All in all, a quality product at a good price. Highly recommended.

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#1 posted 07-13-2015 10:52 PM

Couldn’t agree more. I have the seven chisel set, also from Lee Valley. I would recommend them to anyone.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#2 posted 07-14-2015 12:24 AM

+1 vote from me on reasonable price for good quality

I bought a set of the their skew chisels and they have been great.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#3 posted 07-14-2015 12:47 AM

They sell a sort of “in between size” set of four chisels on Amazon for like $39. Same steel, slightly different handle, but otherwise the exactly same thing.

They’re metric chisels (8, 10, 16, and 32mm), but they’re pretty close to 5/16”, 3/8”, 5/8”, and 1 1/4” respectively. I haven’t pulled the trigger on that because the 10mm is actually appreciably larger than 3/8” (about two hundredths of an inch larger) and if I were cutting a mortise or something that I wanted to be 3/8”, 10mm would make for a sloppy fit. The other three are within a few thousandths of their SAE equivalent.

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#4 posted 07-14-2015 02:50 PM

Yep these are great, had the 7 chisel set for 4 years now and the mortising set for two. No complaints.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#5 posted 07-14-2015 05:01 PM


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 07-14-2015 09:18 PM

I have been thinking about getting these myself since I currently have just about the same Big Box set that you do. For the small difference I might look at the 7 chisel set instead of the 4.

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#7 posted 07-15-2015 12:11 AM

I would definitely recommend springing for the set of 7. As I mentioned, I would definitely do that if I were to do it over again. I ended up tossing a 3/8” mortising chisel in with my order, so I do have that common width covered with the mortising chisel, but there’s other in between sizes that are useful.

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#8 posted 07-16-2015 01:44 PM

I bought the 10 chisel set when Lee Valley first offered them, and have since added the skew chisels to the set. Great quality and an excellent price….

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#9 posted 10-23-2015 06:40 AM

I bought this brand in the larger sizes above one inch and they are as good as you could ask for. In the larger sizes they are reasonably priced. I also have a 5 chisel set of the paring chisels and have no complaints.

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#10 posted 05-29-2016 09:56 PM

I have the two piece dovetail set and a 3 piece mortise set.

I used to leave them out in the garage of my elevated house in coastal SC, sometimes with residual glue on them.

Been dropped edge first on the concrete floor too.

I don’t coddle them they’re still sharp and nearly rust free.

I plan on picking up some more conventional ones in a few months

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