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Forum topic by Ben posted 07-07-2017 07:33 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2017 07:33 PM

I currently have a beautiful 6 pc. Kawasei japanese dovetail chisel set.
Also a full set of misc. maker vintage bevel edge chisels that I usually take to site.

I am looking for one more nice set to compliment the dovetail chisels, an all around bench chisel set for chopping, maybe slightly more aggressive work – although my dovetail chisels have been excellent at chopping so far.

Something like the Veritas bench chisel set with O1 steel?
Lie Nielsen?

Is it redundant to get a regular, non dovetail set of Japanese chisels? So far with my limited experience I certainly prefer the Japanese laminated steel.

Willing to spend around $300 for a good set.


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#1 posted 07-07-2017 08:07 PM

Veritas PMV-11 chisels. Hard to beat.

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#2 posted 07-07-2017 08:16 PM

If you like the feel of Japan chisels you
might like Barr cabinet makers chisels.
They are around your price range.

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#3 posted 07-08-2017 02:00 AM


Balance on my LN A2 chisels is superb but the Ashley Iles have thinner lands (beveled edges). And, the PMV-11 is superior to most steel except for the Japanese chisels. Personally, I like the edge that O1 gets better than A2 but A2 definitely holds the edge longer. The only PMV-11 I’ve got is a plane blade and it behaves very similar to 01.

So, IMO, the first possible response to your query is influenced by preference; the second, by the types of wood and types of use intended.

After reading (and wanting) some Japanese chisels, I marvel that you’re doing just the opposite. Owning lots of chisels is a good thing; isn’t it?

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#4 posted 07-08-2017 03:31 AM

I like Ashley Isles, not always available though.

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#5 posted 07-08-2017 04:14 AM

William Ng has some nice offerings in your price range.

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