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I am pondering upgrading my chisels. I have a motley assortment. Many hand me downs and a few sheffield brand to fill in sizes I would like info on what makes up the value of a chisel is there are brand that is a good value thanks for your opiinions

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I am pondering upgrading my chisels. I have a motley assortment. Many hand me downs and a few Sheffield brand to fill in sizes I would like info on what makes up the value of a chisel is there are brand that is a good value thanks for your opinions
purpose, quality of steel, ability to stay sharp and the fit of the handle to the hand...

I'll bet w/ proper sharpening there's nothing wrong with most of the ones you have...
Do you know how to sharpen a chisel???
tool sharpness matters and matters some more... do you wish to get into this too???

http://www.routerforums.com/tools-wo...ing-guide.html

http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/pag...072,43078&ap=1

so have a look at these... consider bevel edge, mortising, skew and paring chisels...
the Narex are pretty good bang for the buck... I have them even for my small demo hammer...

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/chisels.aspx

Stanley Sweethearts are a crud shoot... in fact, low bidder Stanley Sweetheart anything is....
Made in England Stanley Fat Max's are a good bet... I have the largest set and use them regularly... you just may find them on the shelf at Lowes...
there are real discernible differences here between the made in England and the made in the Asian rim Stanley chisels...

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-16-971.../dp/B000B8I9EK

Buck Brothers are mediocre IMO... I don't like them...
Marples are not what they use to be... don't bother.. I have a set that I got for a better than super price (free) and they are not worth the money...
I do not care what anybody says - avoid Asian made... poor steel QC and no two chisels are made alike... also, their endurance leaves much to be desired...

I'd go w/ the English Fat Max's 1st and the Narex 2nd... (larger sets if you can)
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I can take just about any of them and put an edge on them you can shave with. Some will hold the edge longer. The Narex chisels that Lee Valley sells seem to be one of the better deals to me. If you want a little better quality for more money you can go with Henry Taylor, Two Cheeries, Pfeil, or Sorsby. If you want to spend an insane amount of money you can get the laminated steel Japanese ones.
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I am pondering upgrading my chisels. I have a motley assortment. Many hand me downs and a few Sheffield brand to fill in sizes I would like info on what makes up the value of a chisel is there are brand that is a good value thanks for your opinions
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About Bevel-Edge Chisels - Lee Valley Tools
Veritas® Bench Chisels - Lee Valley Tools
Narex® Classic Bevel-Edge Chisels - Lee Valley Tools
Lee Valley Bevel-Edge Chisels - Lee Valley Tools

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The original Marples can still be had on ebay though they sell for more than they cost new.
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I have a set of Narex. For the price I am pleased with them. They hold an edge quite well and have held up to pretty vigorous hammering doing dovetails.
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I can sharpen hone my chisels I use Veritas guide I have a 6X30 granite slab with 2000 3000 grit paper a trend diamond hone I am not asking how to sharpen. Material marketing and machining are what is being paid for IMHO Lie Nielsen are high on marketing cost priced Narnex are value priced but do they hold a good edge? what about marples ? What is different with the new stanely chisel vs old

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I can sharpen hone my chisels I use Veritas guide I have a 6X30 granite slab with 2000 3000 grit paper a trend diamond hone I am not asking how to sharpen. Material marketing and machining are what is being paid for IMHO Lie Nielsen are high on marketing cost priced Narnex are value priced but do they hold a good edge? what about Marples ? What is different with the new Stanly chisel vs old
sorry about adding the bit about sharpening..

all your questions have been answered...
as for the old vs new Stanly and Marples... their quality of steel has fallen off...
some of the chisels are soft while others are hard and brittle (in the same set) and neither holds an edge worth a flip... I believe it's because of the Asian manufacturing... Narnex hold an edge very well and is verified... see earlier posts...
I use them in my Bulldog for cutting M&T's in timber framing...

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I have the new Stanleys. And they sharpen well and fit the hand well.

The guys I respect most in my woodworking classes believe that Two Cherrries chisels hold an edge the best of any contemporary chisels. I haven't personally used them.
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To throw in another brand option for chisels, I have a set of the older style Swiss Made Pfeil chisels, and they are great. Pfeil changed the handle style a few years ago, but still the same metal.

When I decided to upgrade my chisel set to what I have now, I did some research, and narrowed it down to a couple options. I then went to the stores that carried them (Woodcraft mainly) and spent some time holding each one in my hand. I wanted to make sure they were comfortable for me to hold

I have had these chisels about 4 years now, and I sharpen them about once a year. I have found the sharpen very easily, and will stay sharp with a lot of use.

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