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woodbutcherbynight

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05-01-2018 01:51 AM

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Have a friend that I have done a few favors for as of late that wants to get me a tool / tools. In looking through the shop one of the things that caught my eye was my set of HF chisels. Cheap I know but I sharpened them and they work. Not wanting the guy to blow a chunk of change I would like to keep this under $100. I found this set and have actually used someone else’s once and they seemed pretty good. Anybody have some other suggestions in this price range???

https://www.amazon.com/Narex-Woodworking-Chisels-Wooden-Presentation/dp/B0165WKKY2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1525139098&sr=8-2&keywords=narex+chisels&dpID=419YXEAdTiL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

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TheFridge

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#1 posted 05-01-2018 01:57 AM

Yeah the HF aren’t bad. The worst part is flattening the back. Hard to beat starting off for 10$ish.

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Mr_Pink

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#2 posted 05-01-2018 03:04 AM

I like my Narex chisels. My only comment on that set is that it seems like a lot of chisels over a narrow size range.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 05-01-2018 03:24 AM



I like my Narex chisels. My only comment on that set is that it seems like a lot of chisels over a narrow size range.

- Mr_Pink

A good point, I saw other sets but figured this would be a reasonable start since someone else is footing the bill. I can add more later on my own. Maybe.. LOL

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#4 posted 05-01-2018 03:43 AM

Might check out the set from Stanley/Bailey…...around $70 or so….Menard’s does have the Bailey set..

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Andre

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#5 posted 05-01-2018 05:52 AM

Narex were my first set, very good value but I find them clumsy (maybe just me) Then I got the Stanleys which are IMHO much better and are usually my go to set! Every so often I take my Two Cherries out of the cabinet and fondle them gentle and put them away before I am tempted to actually use them. LOL!

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#6 posted 05-01-2018 11:07 AM

The Narex are good chisels for the money. One minor frustration for me was having metric sized chisels that didn’t match my (inch-sized) mortise chisels exactly. Lee Valley now sells imperial sized Narex chisels (I think that Highland does too, not sure though), so I picked up a couple of those (I also picked up a PMV-11 Veritas chisel at 1/2 inch, and just wow – but it cost as much as that whole set).

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#7 posted 05-01-2018 12:14 PM

I normally don’t like things to be in metric, I do like the fact that my 6mm Narex bench chisel is slightly smaller than my 1/4” mortise chisel. It makes the 6mm useful for cleaning out the bottom of a mortise.

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#8 posted 05-01-2018 12:40 PM

I have an imperial set of Narex and they work great. As one of the previous posters noted, how they feel in your hand matters a lot. I bought mine online and got lucky. YMMV

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eflanders

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#9 posted 05-01-2018 12:43 PM

FYI In my experience you’ll have to flatten the back of most chisel sets unless you get a premium chisel. What makes a good chisel great? How long it stays sharp. The set sold at ALDI has a great feel for their cost.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 05-02-2018 01:33 AM



Might check out the set from Stanley/Bailey…...around $70 or so….Menard s does have the Bailey set..

- bandit571

This set? https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-Bailey-Chisel-Set-5-Piece-16-401/203725261

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#11 posted 05-02-2018 01:40 AM

Yes, I have that set also. They hold an edge, and easy to sharpen up to get started.

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bandit571

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#12 posted 05-02-2018 01:53 AM

Those also come with a leather roll to keep them in.

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Robert

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#13 posted 05-02-2018 02:17 PM

I’ll withhold comment about HF ww’ing tools needless to say I don’t buy anything that needs sharpening :-D

I’ll comment about what I know about 3 chisels:

1. Narex. I have this set. If you prefer Imperial check out this set.

IMO a good value & entry level chisel that will get the job done. IME the biggest fault is edge retention. The hormbeam handles fit my XL hands well and seem fairly well balanced.

The “premium” line I have linked to is best for dovetails because they have a lower side bevel height.

2. Irwin Marples blue handle. Not a good DT chisel but I like them in situations where a firmer chisel is better chopping or cleaning up mortises. I think they actually hold an edge a little better than Narex.

3. Stanley Sweetheart. I was quite disappointed in this chisel. Too light, handles quite small, edge retention poor.

Take some time to read some chisel reviews. Fine Woodworking has an excellent review if you can find it

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Ocelot

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#14 posted 05-02-2018 02:39 PM

I have a bunch of chisels but don’t use them enough to give much useful feedback.

Since I already had quite a few really cheap chisels, I bought the Narex odd eighths set as a fill-in. 1/8, 3/8, 5/8, 7/8. Taylor Toolwords sells them on ebay. Nice chisels. I also have the imperial Narex mortise chisels which I bought from Lee Valley. I haven’t used them a bunch, so can only say that I like them – without any details of their performance. I have a few old Japanese chisels that I really like also. It doesn’t have to be new to be good.

-Paul

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Ocelot

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#15 posted 05-02-2018 02:43 PM

That set is Narex item #863253. You can search easily on Ebay or elsewhere.

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