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Forum topic by Ben posted 12-04-2017 10:46 PM 509 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2017 10:46 PM

So I’ve been agonizing over the chisel question – how best to fill up my tool cabinet.
I save my money, and buy the “best” I can afford, usually.

I currently have a set of Kawasei (Japanese) dovetail chisels from TheBestThings.

They have been great, but are not great for paring.

I’m looking into getting some Blue Spruce bench chisels, and now I realize they seem to have a thinner edge than even the Japanese dovetail chisels, making the BS seem, appararently, to be better suited to dovetailing, and also more rugged and able to withstand heavier chopping tasks.
I’m now thinking about selling the Kawasei and getting 6 or so pieces of the BS bench chisels, as sell as maybe two paring chisels.

However, how does the Lie-Nielsen chisel compare to the BS in terms of edge thinness and dovetailing?
Is one quantifiably “better” for dovetailing?

What’s cool is LN is willing to sell me chisels without the handles ($12 less per chisel) and I would turn my own out of Cocobolo or Blackwood or something – and tailer them to my comfort.
So the LN’s would be less than 50% the cost of the BS.
Now sure how to justify the expense of the BS, but if they are indeed “better”, I would buy them.

Thanks for any advice!

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 05:42 PM

You might get more responses if you put the question in the title, Are BS or LN chisels better.

I don’t have any experience with them so I can’t say.

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 06:03 PM

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#3 posted 12-05-2017 09:07 PM

get the Veritas chisels with the PM-V11 steel. I have the LN too and really like them, but the Veritas chisels hold an edge better. And Pfiel are good. I have some of those also.

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