Bench chisel edge durability

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Forum topic by Kirk650 posted 05-29-2016 11:57 PM 802 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2016 11:57 PM

Today I decided to sharpen all my chisels, or at least those that needed it. My fine work chisels are LN, and I’m quite fond of them. But for just general use at the workbench, I’ve had a set of the Marples/Irwin chisels – the Sheffield steel type. The Irwins don’t have that durable an edge. Not bad, but not great. I think I might upgrade the general use chisels. If I do, I might as well get some that will hold an edge as long as possible. After a bit of research on the issue, I’m thinking Pfiel or the new Veritas with the powdered metal. I want Western style chisels. Blue Spruce would be nice, but the cost is very high.

I’d appreciate your feedback on what you have, or had, and your thoughts and actual experience on edge durability.

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#1 posted 05-30-2016 01:01 AM

I think high carbon steel is the best way to go for long
edges. You get that on Japan chisels.

I bought a Veritas 3/8” chisel… it’s a nice chisel but
so lightweight compared to most of my others I’m
kind of not a fan.

I have some Barr chisels and they are superb, imo. Really
heavy and they stay sharp.

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