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- Feb 19, 2017
I am looking for a decent set of wood chisels, can anyone recommend a good make? The choice on the net is bewildering in it's vastness.
Wow Mick, when I asked for advice on chisels I didn't realise I was paging the Oracle!! I really appreciate the effort you have put in to answer my query and I will be scouring the Antique/Junk shops of Horncastle and the numerous car boots that we have during the tourist season. If I can't find any old ones with Sheffield steel I will opt for Cornmasters suggestion and go with Bahco's. Big thanks to everyone who 'chipped' in (pun intended)what would be your best bet is to look around your local boot fairs or on ebay
what you should be looking for is either chisels that have a sheffield steel cast in trademark or the german solingen steel marks
the steel that these are made from is far superior to 90% of the more modern offerings that are for sale new these days, most modern stuff from Stanley, marples etc are only hardened for the lower two inches of the blade, and being made from inferior steels do not hold a decent edge for very long
there are some japanese produced chisels such as fujikawa and that are equivalent of the older british produced tools, but they are a tad expensive to purchase, bit of a wet dream as far as edges are concerned
the bahcos that are mentioned above aint bad, whereas the marples to my mind are a poor job, unless you can find ones that carry the cloverleaf mark that were produced some time back
blue handled stanleys with the white band close to the tang setting are older and better steel than the more modern ones too, as are the 5001 series with black handles that they produced
Ashley Isles produced chisels are some of the best, but yet again quite pricey as are Ohlsens and Narex
I use the yellow and red plastic handled early cloverleaf marples for site work along with a set of registered pattern sorbys-marples, plus the firmer and paring chisels that have bought from the boot fairs and restored