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onglueme

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08-12-2020 01:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chisels narex kirschen question

I am looking at two sets, both of which I have read and watched great things about but I am having a hard time deciding. If you have had experience with either or even both, I would greatly appreciate any input. If you haven’t, feel free to advise if you wish.

Also, I am petrified about buying something fake on Amazon. It seems like they are being sold by the manufacturer but you never know.

Please let me know if the prices are in line because the Kirschen is usually more expensive or am I missing something.

1. Narex 853600 5 Piece Boxed Set of Richter Extra Bevel Edge Chisel (1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch) Cryogenic Treated Cr-V Steel Hardened to HRc 62 Ergonomic Ash Handles Stainless Steel Ferrules $179.99

2. Kirschen 1101000 6-Piece Chisel Set in Wood Box $169.06

Bonus: Two Cherries chsels 6-Piece Set in Display Box Carving Tools $149

Thank you
Larry


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#1 posted 08-12-2020 02:10 AM

I generally try to buy my nicer tools from a tool vendor. Usually they are the same price as Amazon, possibly even the same vendor, but they don’t have to give a cut of the $ to Amazon.

https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/narex-richter-bevel-edge-chisel-set.aspx

The second and third are the same chisels, from what I can see, just one has a wooden box.

https://longislandwoodworkingsupply.com/collections/two-cherries

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onglueme

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#2 posted 08-12-2020 02:32 AM



I generally try to buy my nicer tools from a tool vendor. Usually they are the same price as Amazon, possibly even the same vendor, but they don t have to give a cut of the $ to Amazon.

https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/narex-richter-bevel-edge-chisel-set.aspx

The second and third are the same chisels, from what I can see, just one has a wooden box.

https://longislandwoodworkingsupply.com/collections/two-cherries

- DaveMills

Forgot to mention I live in Brooklyn NY and it looks like your second link is about an hour away from me. Will be paying a visit. Thank you

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#3 posted 08-12-2020 02:50 AM

I have the 2 Cherries in the wooden box, no debate the ones to get! Also manged to pick up a 2mm(1/8”) while in Germany a few years back.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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SMP

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#4 posted 08-12-2020 03:55 AM

Well if you live in Brooklyn, just go visit Joel at Tools For Working Wood, not far from the bridge. He only sells the best stuff and you get the service and advice to boot.

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onglueme

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#5 posted 08-12-2020 04:12 AM



Well if you live in Brooklyn, just go visit Joel at Tools For Working Wood, not far from the bridge. He only sells the best stuff and you get the service and advice to boot.

- SMP

Hi SMP, I agree 100%. Unfortunately, ever since the covid lock down they are not doing in person store visits. Everything is online for the unforseen future.

NYC as a whole does not have many quality woodworking tool stores. Tools for Working in Brooklyn is the only one.

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SMP

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#6 posted 08-12-2020 04:21 AM

Oh strange. Where I live in CA, as long as stores carry “hardware” they can open, as its considered essential. Oh well…

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#7 posted 08-12-2020 01:38 PM

First I have nothing but raves for HighlandWoodworking.
They will give you nothing but straight up honest answers.
Consider the quality or degree of the steels hardness. And the ease of sharpening vs life of the edge.
Not a fan of Cherries having a bad experience with them. That aside I’d opt for the Narex set.
I assume this is not your only set of chisels…

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onglueme

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#8 posted 08-12-2020 01:57 PM



First I have nothing but raves for HighlandWoodworking.
They will give you nothing but straight up honest answers.
Consider the quality or degree of the steels hardness. And the ease of sharpening vs life of the edge.
Not a fan of Cherries having a bad experience with them. That aside I d opt for the Narex set.
I assume this is not your only set of chisels…

- GlenD

Thank Glen,

You have to start somewhere and I am not ashamed of being a newbie. With that, I want to make sure I am buying something that’s going to last. I am also leaning towards Narex, especially after watching this.

Larry

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CL810

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#9 posted 08-12-2020 04:34 PM

I’d call them – I bet they would be happy to take the time to talk with you. And it would build a relationship for when they are open for in store visits.

Hi SMP, I agree 100%. Unfortunately, ever since the covid lock down they are not doing in person store visits. Everything is online for the unforseen future.

NYC as a whole does not have many quality woodworking tool stores. Tools for Working in Brooklyn is the only one.

- onglueme


-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Phil32

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#10 posted 08-12-2020 06:06 PM

Since you posted this in the Woodcarving Forum, I initially assumed you were looking for woodcarving tools. Bench chisels are not particularly suited for woodcarving. The similar tools for carving are called gouges and are beveled on the underside rather than the top.

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

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#11 posted 08-12-2020 06:30 PM

I don’t use my chisels very often so take this in mind when I say….

I have an old set of Craftsman Chisels and a few Stanley, I keep them razor sharp and I can say they work fantastic. I have not used the two sets you have talked about. Can anyone tell me why they are better than what I have been using for decades?

I will try a tool if it is indeed better.

Thanks in advance

-- Petey

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#12 posted 08-12-2020 07:05 PM

I have 2 sets of those Aldi’s….love them….I have a set of Narex Mortise chisels, and like them. Then a whole “raft” of vintage chisels, most are 100+ years old.

Really have no need for any new chisels, right now.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#13 posted 08-12-2020 07:15 PM

ive got a set of marples blue handle chisels ive been using for about 20 years,i dont use chisels often but these have worked fine for me.i cant justify buying a set that costs hundreds of dollars.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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SMP

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#14 posted 08-12-2020 08:25 PM

I have a couple Narex chisels. My only complaint is on the Mortise chisel the handle is really big, and I have big hands. But the thing can take a beating and its easy to sharpen and stays sharp good enough.

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onglueme

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#15 posted 08-12-2020 08:28 PM

I think my takeaway is to just buy them as I need them individually. That way it will be easier on the wallet. I don’t think I need a full set at the start although the box looks nice.

I have cooked professionally in the past and this seems like who’s got what kind of knife type of conversation and there are always two kinds of people; ones that don’t care what kind of knife they have as long as they sharpen it often and ones that spend their month’s salary on the fines Japanese katana. I think I fall somewhere in the middle. There is something to be said about good quality steel that may not need to be sharpened often but no one wants to blow a fortune. I think Narex seems to fall right in the middle, good quality steel but not crazy with pricing.

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