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Forum topic by webbtoyota posted 10-21-2011 09:46 AM 3626 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2011 09:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: narex woodriver chisel

I’m starting to get into woodworking now and am looking at getting a set of chisels but I don’t want to give up an arm and a leg to get them right now. I’m looking at two different sets. The Woodriver 6 piece ($79.99) and the Narex premium- 6 piece with leather roll ($99.99). Can I get some advice on which one would be the best value. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 11:03 AM

I have the WoodRiver 8 pc set from a year ago. Not sure if this years tools are different or not. Woodcraft did put the old 8 pc sets on clearance sale when they introduced the 6 pc set.

But that’s beside the point. I just recently got some Narex mortise chisels and I’m blown away with the quality for the price. I plan to replace my WoodRiver chisels with a Narex set as soon as I can scrap together a little exrta cash.

By the way, I like the Narex classic version sold by Lee Valley the best. They have nicely tapered edges. And, the folks at Lee Valley are so nice to do business with.

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 01:47 PM

The Narex are excellent value. If you are starting out, I would just go with the 4 piece set or maybe the 7 piece.

There are nicer chisels out there, but at about 6-8x the price and up.

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 02:07 PM

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 02:49 PM

defiantly the narex. question the need for the leather roll though. Check the price at highlands ( its usually a little better on price.

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#5 posted 10-21-2011 02:55 PM

Go for the 4 piece Narex set.Best bang for the buck out there

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#6 posted 10-21-2011 05:58 PM

Thanks for the input, very helpful.

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#7 posted 10-21-2011 06:12 PM

Narex, MHG, Irwin, Woodriver are all decent starter sets. Be sure that what you get feels good in your hands.

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#8 posted 10-22-2011 06:25 AM

Like Loren said, the NOS Marples chisels are an outstanding value. See this set. I bought my Marples set from this seller, and am thrilled with the product I recieved.

Between the Woodriver and Narex sets. I’d definitely go with Narex.

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#9 posted 10-22-2011 06:41 AM

I totally have to upgrade my chisel set…someday

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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