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Forum topic by rolandstronghammer posted 04-26-2017 06:16 PM 827 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2017 06:16 PM

Would you say these are the older ones that have the good steel in them? Should I buy them for the price? I was considering getting the new stanley sweethearts but these are a full set for roughly the same price as the set of 4 stanleys….

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 07:01 PM

These were very well thought of in their day and were commonly recommended. It’s a good price. I have a set of these that I’ve been using for about 15 years.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 11:12 PM

+++ Rick M
These chisels take a sharp long lasting edge. They are very comfortable in hand.

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 11:45 PM

The good ones will have “Sheffield steel” on them.

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#4 posted 04-27-2017 12:55 AM

I’d buy them

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 04-27-2017 01:15 AM

I know someone who bought a set years ago. It was an emergency. 65mi from home and he forgot his chisels and needed one. A nearby hardware store had a set of those, at a reasonable price so he bought them. He got back to the job-site and first cut drove the 1 inch through a staple.

He was afraid he had ruined the edge on his brand new tool, but close examination showed the chisel was undamaged. I watched it happen. We were surprised. I wouldn’t make a habit of that sort of thing. You might not be so lucky.

In my opinion, You can’t go wrong with Marples.

that leather roll is nice too.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#6 posted 04-27-2017 02:14 AM

The reason I mentioned Sheffield Steel was that Marples/Irwin (per Fine Woodworking) have switched to Chinese steel and are not as good.

Some years ago (decade, at least) I took a week of woodworking classes to brush up on hand tool woodworking. The class used Marples/Irwin blue handled chisels. I was told that the steel (Sheffield) was good and was easy to sharpen. I later bought some, and used them for years. I’ve since upgraded, but still use the blue handled chisels sometimes. The only real advantage of my newer and more expensive chisels is improved edge retention.

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#7 posted 04-27-2017 02:40 AM

My chisel collection is a dog from every town type collection. Except that I do have a nice set of Ashley Iles butt chisels. Anyway, one of my odd stand alone chisels is a blue handled 20mm Stanley bench chisel. It is one of the best chisels I have. It looks like the marples and irwin but it says stanley on the handle instead.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#8 posted 04-27-2017 03:30 PM

The good part about a large set is that by the time you sharpen them all, your sharpening technique should be pretty good. I have an old set of 4 Marples that has served me well.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 04-27-2017 04:15 PM

If you buy the chisels,get that wet sharpener he has too. Old HF model works great.

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#10 posted 04-27-2017 05:02 PM

Those are the ones you want. I’ve had a smaller set (6 chisels) for a long time (maybe 20 years), and they have served me very well.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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