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Andybb

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10-16-2019 11:43 PM

Nothing more than an observation. A friend’s wife gave me a set of chisels and knives that belonged to him. They are made by as Swiss company, Pfeil. Never heard of them before. Holy moly but they are in a different league of sharp for me! (and expensive from what I have seen). Now I have a better understanding of how people get such detailed cuts with very sharp tools. I realize now that my “sharp” tools really aren’t.

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 10-16-2019 11:59 PM

use them with pride May Scott rest in peace :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 10-17-2019 12:21 AM

ive heard of them very high quality.thats a nice honor for you to receive his tools,im sure he would love to see that.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 10-17-2019 03:00 AM

What a nice jester for you to have her husbands set of chisels….Use them with pride…..!!

-- " There's a better way to do it.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#4 posted 10-17-2019 04:22 AM

So where is the picture showing the missing fingers?...tee hee!

As GR8 said,
Enjoy and treat them with respect and pride!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 10-17-2019 05:52 AM

The secert now is to keep them sharp!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 10-17-2019 06:07 AM



The secert now is to keep them sharp!

- Andre


That’s my point. I thought that my chisels and knives were sharp. Not!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 10-17-2019 06:11 AM

Im drinking my cup of morning envy.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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#8 posted 10-17-2019 10:50 AM


Nothing more than an observation. A friend s wife gave me a set of chisels and knives that belonged to him. They are made by as Swiss company, Pfeil. Never heard of them before. Holy moly but they are in a different league of sharp for me! (and expensive from what I have seen). Now I have a better understanding of how people get such detailed cuts with very sharp tools. I realize now that my “sharp” tools really aren t.

- Andybb

Andy,

Pfell chisels are a mid level chisels, usually less than $40 USD a chisel. That said they are very good chisels I have a half dozen or more hanging on my wall. One of the things I like about them is they are metric and they make an 8mm chisel. 8mm is very close to 5/16” which is one of the standard sizes of pig stickers (English Bolstered mortise chisels). 5/16 bevel edge chisels are almost impossible to find. A 8mm or 5/16” chisel is very handy when chopping mortises. Your gift was very nice.

As to keeping them sharp, that comes with practice and study. Learn to see sharp and to feel sharp if you can there is no need to test your cutters. While these chisels are still sharp get a 10X or so lope and study the cutting edge both bevel and back then feel the edge. learn what sharp looks like and feels like, then try to make one of your old chisels look and feel the same. BTW, some sharpening systems are better than others but almost any will work with good technique.

ken

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#9 posted 10-17-2019 12:38 PM

That’s a great set of chisels Andy. Use them well!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 10-17-2019 12:49 PM

Andy, that will be a treasure coming from Scott. They are expensive compared to the Stanley Fat Max Sheffield steel chisels make in England that I bought for $50.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pfeil-Swiss-Made-Bench-Chisel-Set-of-6-Unused-Pristine/293268504742?hash=item44482a40a6:g:QVQAAOSw1LJdnI44:sc:USPSPriority!49508!US!-1

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 10-17-2019 05:04 PM

The chisels appear to be an earlier version of Pfeil tools, with an external brass ferrule. The present style have an internal, hidden ferrule. They are excellent woodworking tools and come quite sharp (but not carving sharp).

Much can and has been said about sharpening techniques. Find a method that works for you – that gives you the “scary sharp” edge.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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