Let me first say this is the first chisel SET I've owned. To be truthful, the only chisels I've owned have been purchased for the job at hand and were usually junk from HD, Lowes, or (forgive me) Walmart. I'd need something to do a repair or something, run somewhere, buy the cheapest thing I could find and go home and do the best I could with it. Then it would get tossed into the tool box and rattled around till I needed a chisel again only to find that the abuse had dinged it up so bad it was about as sharp as a spoon.
I've owned a lot of crappy chisels and have proven that I don't care for them well and until this week I have never sharpened a single one. The stuff I plan to do will demand that I change that, so I have purchased my first set of reasonably good chisels.
I had a good experience with Grizzly with one order and wanted to give them another shot to validate that. I put in an order for the following set. H7755 Deluxe Bevel Edge Chisel 8 Pc. Set
Here's the pic off the web site.
This is the Grizzly house budget set which are the Shop Fox brand (stamped on the steel) and come in a Steelex branded box that doesn't say Shop Fox or Grizzly any where on it. Grizzly's price was a nickel shy of $44 US. The very same chisel set is sold elsewhere for between $60 and $70 so I feel good about the price. I was told they were on backorder till June 30 but they arrived this week. When they arrived a brief inspection revealed two small but noticeable nicks on the 3/4" and burr on the 3/8" bevel side. Otherwise they were sharp enough to use out of the box. While on the subject of the box I'll have to say although it seems they tried to make a decent one, the chisels can rest on the edges and they all roll around a little inside if the box is tilted or shook any at all. I suspect this may be the source of the two nicks but in any event either I'll have to make additional provisions with the box or build something else if i want to keep these any better than the ones I've owned in the past.
At the same time I ordered a basic sharpening jig. I don't have the money for a set of water stones at the this time so I opted to buy some $3.95 12" x 12" granite tiles and this set of progressive grit polishing papers from Amazon.
The abrasives are from 30 micron down to 1 micron (600 up to 14000 grit) and are color coded for easy identification except for the 1 micron which was white but the backing for all of them was white. So at 1 micron the grit was so fine I found myself checking to make sure I was using the right side.
I started, as I should, by attempting to flatten the back of the big 1-1/2" boy and found the backs to be just a little concave. A little work produced a good wear pattern all along the edge and back from the edge a little over 1/2" that continued around and along the sides. Kind of like the Japanese chisels I've read about but it was obviously not intentional. I got a good light burr on the bevel side and moved on, moving through the grits all the way to the 1 micron. By this time I had a near mirror finish which revealed that I had left some of the original factory grind marks. I mounted the chisel in the jig and did my best to match the bevel. I'll have to say the jig worked better than I had hoped considering some of the knife sharpening gizmos I've used in the past. The chisels seemed to take an edge well enough with out being TOO easy so the steel may very well hold the edge for a while ... we'll see.
All I've done to date is inspect and sharpen with a few test cuts to check them out. All-in-all I'm happy so far but only time will tell.