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Forum topic by UpstateNYdude posted 09-20-2013 02:22 AM 3320 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-20-2013 02:22 AM

Any suggestions on a good set of chisels, I have a crappy set of beater chisels but I’d like to invest in at least 4-6 good ones but not break my bank maybe $200-250.

Or if someone is looking to trade some decent chisels I have a whole lot of hand planes I’ll be posting soon I’ve collected far to many duplicates and they need to go.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#1 posted 09-20-2013 02:45 AM

I’ve been told Narex chisel are a good bang for your buck, haven’t pulled the trigger on some myself since I told the missus I would like some for Xmas. No real experience though.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 02:50 AM

I bought the full set of Stanley Sweetheart Chisels for about 225$ I have used them quite a bit and am very happy with them.,104,53212&ap=3

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 09-20-2013 03:01 AM

Well probably not what you are looking to hear but I would highly recommend grabbing the Veritas PM-V11 bench chisels.

Above what you stated in price, but having just picked 2 up to replace some of my own beaters, Wow, just wow. Get 2 or 3 and save for the rest would be wise. Hold an edge forever especially at 30 degrees. Even for hard chopping of half-blind sockets or whatever, the edge wont roll or fracture (unlike my old crap set). Takes no time at all to sharpen and mine came out of the box dead flat and just a quick hone to tune up. Wish they made an 1/8” for narrow dovetail pins but whatever.

Or people seem to really llike LN chisels (~$50/chisel), which are cheaper but I find that I didn’t like the handles (too short, big hands). Go and hold them if you can its important. Or similar to that the Stanley sweethearts are a good choice and cheaper (~$30/chisel). I have no experience in the Japanese chisel world.

My 2 cents. Maybe there are some real chisel Gurus out there who could advise you better :)

-- - Jeff - Hamilton, ON, Canada

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 03:20 AM

For added info, enjoy.

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 03:38 AM

UpstateNYdude, anything about planes and even selling or trading send a PM to Don W.

Don is the man for planes, anything about them he will know. I write from experience.

He wheels and deals also.

BTW, what part of NY are you from, I am from Albany. But I also have spent many years in Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Lake George, Lake Placid, Saraneck Lake etc.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#6 posted 09-20-2013 04:34 AM

Ashley Iles makes some fantastic chisels at a reasonable price.

I got the set of 6 butt chisels and I have zero complaints about them. Never heard a negative word about them.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#7 posted 09-20-2013 04:44 AM

That’s a generous budget for a set of 4.

The Barr are the best I’ve used. They hold a sharp edge
as best as I have experienced and I like the way they feel.

I hit chisels with a steel hammer. Some people do not. Because
I do this I prefer a hooped handle.

I like Japan chisels. They are dense and tough, like the Barrs.
I have a Veritas and it is lighter than I like for hitting with
a hammer, though for hand work like paring it is fine. The
Stanley 750 style are similar and have that same light feel
which I am not crazy about.

The problem with Japan chisels is knowing what you are
getting. They all look the same and prices are all over
the place. They sell “reform” chisels as good chisels
and they are meant for remodeling work, not bench
work, so be a little cautious about those sets of 10
for under $150.

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#8 posted 09-20-2013 04:46 AM

Those Ashley Iles chisels are awesome, and for the price
I think they are of great value as well.

BEC-S6-AI Set of 6
Comes in a denim tool roll
Sizes 1/8” 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4”, 1” $149.95

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#9 posted 09-20-2013 04:49 AM

That’s a good size set he mentions above. The 5/8” and 7/8”
I can do without but the 1/8” and 3/8” are chisels I use a lot.

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#10 posted 09-20-2013 01:00 PM

Japanese chisels.

-- Scott Rieman

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#11 posted 09-20-2013 01:16 PM

+1 to the Stanley #720 re-issues. Set of 8 for around a $200 street price…

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#12 posted 09-20-2013 02:32 PM

I’ve got a set of Ashley Iles I’d be willing to sell. Cruise down to Colonie and we can chat.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#13 posted 09-20-2013 06:29 PM

Marksr – I’m in Hudson Falls

sikrap – Alright where at in Colonie and when are you available

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#14 posted 09-20-2013 06:58 PM

+1 to Jeff’s recommendation for the PMV-11. I have sets of Barr and vintage Witherby, but if I were starting I would definitely get these.

Guys like Derek Cohen and Dave Wilson (who have had their hands on many vintage and modern premium brands), speak very highly of the steels properties, I haven’t heard a bad word except the price is steep. I have their block plane blade, and it refuses to get dull.

I would start with the 3 smallest Bench Chisels they offer (1/4, 3/8, 1/2). With the free shipping promo you’re out the door at 239.

I would expand the set as needed, probably with the 1” then the 3/4”, as its nice to have a wide chisel for mortise and tenon cheek cleanup.

My 2 cents,

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#15 posted 09-20-2013 09:14 PM

I will throw in my vote for the Stanley reissue sweethearts or why not hunt a set of the originals down on ebay. Either way, they are quite hard to beat for the price, either ones, the old or the reissues.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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