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Forum topic by buckbuster31 posted 03-23-2017 08:08 PM 1358 views 1 time favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2017 08:08 PM

Has anyone used these? I see the wood whisperer advertising from time to time and I ordered a mortise chisel of theirs that hasn’t come in yet. I was just wondering what every ones thoughts were on them? they seem to get pretty decent amazon reviews

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 08:12 PM

I have a set of their bench chisels. I find them pretty easy to sharpen and comfortable to work with. They don’t hold an edge super long though. But for the money, they are great to use daily.

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 08:15 PM

I’m very happy with my 8 pc set. Only had some very old Italian made craftsman chisels until going for the Narex set. The Stanley SW’s look nice but the $120 for the Narex fit my budget, and left some $$$ over so I could get some diamond stones for sharpening…

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 08:33 PM

what diamond stones do you all recommend?

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 08:38 PM

Be on the lookout for an over hardened edge on those mortise chisels. The ones I have needed to be ground back a bit from the edge to get to some good steel. The edge would roll over on me. I own a worksharp so it wasn’t a huge deal for me.

Oof. Diamond stones. Some guys like the EZ lap, some like the duosharp, some like the regular DMT’s. I don’t think there’s a great answer to that. Youll likely experiment (if you haven’t all ready) for a while with different sharpening mediums until you come to an answer of your own.

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#5 posted 03-23-2017 08:52 PM

+1 on the 8 piece set with imperial widths. My needs didn’t warrant a fancy set, so for the money, they work great. Besides, you really have to go up in price to get a set that’s ready to use right out of the box.

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#6 posted 03-23-2017 09:32 PM

I have a nicer set of chisels and I like them; however, I also have a set of narex chisels and I like them also. I know that they are not as good as my set of Sorby. However, I quite often use the Narex.

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#7 posted 03-23-2017 09:39 PM

I have the Bench and Mortise sets and while seldom use the bench set after getting the Stanley S.W. the Mortise are great for what ever I have used them for. Diamond stones are okay for basic sharpening but to get a stupid sharp polished edge you are going to need a fine oil or water stone.

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#8 posted 03-23-2017 09:49 PM

I have the 7 piece set from Lee Valley. Only thing I really have to compare them to is a 1/8” Stanley SW. Hard to make that comparison though as I use a 3/4” or whatever sized chisel a lot differently than the 1/8”. All in all though I’ve been happy enough.

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#9 posted 03-23-2017 09:57 PM

I got a set for Christmas but have not used them yet. Waiting until I complete my new shop and get a set of waterstones set up. Haven’t even sharpened them yet.

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#10 posted 03-23-2017 11:09 PM

I have a set but do not like them. Once I switched to Pfeil and Stubai it was such a complete difference that I will never go back to Narex.

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#11 posted 03-24-2017 01:36 PM

I have the 8pc set, that I really like. Comfortable, sturdy, good price. I couldn’t justify a more expensive set.

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#12 posted 03-24-2017 01:40 PM

I have a few pfeil as is and I like them pretty well

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#13 posted 03-24-2017 02:00 PM

I used a Narex Mortise chisel on this maple to make a mallet, took a couple of nights but
it worked well and the handle went in square.
Funny thing is it’s not glued or pinned in and I’ve been using it and it’s staying together.

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#14 posted 03-24-2017 02:31 PM

The least expensive (but good) diamond sharpening hones are these:

I have been using them for years. Also I use these diamond laps for smaller things:

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#15 posted 03-24-2017 02:33 PM

As for the sharpening stone question: I believe I have used all of the brands sold in the US so far and the best I’ve used are the Atoma brand diamond plates. They are not American made, but are by far the best I’ve used. I got mine from Lee Valley. You will want the extra coarse (140), coarse (400) and fine (1200). Then add a hard Arkansas (black or opaque) to polish the edge. This is the most cost effective and durable setup I’ve used to date. But this setup will likely run about $400. You won’t likely need to spend another dime for sharpening afterwards though.

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