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Double0doug 111 102 July 15, 2016 at 09:52 AM in Tools (3) More Amazon Deals
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Last Edited by Double0doug July 15, 2016 at 10:58 AM
I've been looking for a fancy chisel set.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...chisel+set
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Linky is broken... You are aware they are no longer made in GB, aren't you?
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Linky is broken... You are aware they are no longer made in GB, aren't you?
link fixed. These are a solid set of chisels regardless of the location of origin and the price is good for what they are.
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seems pricey to me
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seems pricey to me
yeah these sets are spendy, but the really cheap ones won't hold an edge and you can spend more to get more.

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don't get me wrong, I appreciate the feedback. I don't have first hand experience with this particular set.
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link fixed. These are a solid set of chisels regardless of the location of origin and the price is good for what they are.
Agree, they are probably good for $45. Just would not call them fancy Smilie People in the reviews usually suggest getting a used original Marples set from ebay for about the same price (normal price, I guess) - the old ones seemed to hold the edge better.
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Quote from Double0doug View Post :
link fixed. These are a solid set of chisels regardless of the location of origin and the price is good for what they are.
China or Taiwan. I miss UK made erwins

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Agree, they are probably good for $45. Just would not call them fancy Smilie People in the reviews usually suggest getting a used original Marples set from ebay for about the same price (normal price, I guess) - the old ones seemed to hold the edge better.
EBay or a garage sale is the slick winner
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Last edited by dj-3lusion July 15, 2016 at 02:42 PM
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Irwin just likes to buy brands and then crap out on the manufacturing to boost their bottom line. The good marples chisels were made in England but they are no longer made there and haven't been for a while.
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I've been looking for a fancy chisel set.
Then keep looking. There's nothing fancy about these chisels. They're just entry level.

My advice is that a person rarely needs 6 chisels spanning 1/4" to 1".

Pick only two or three sizes and then shop for quality vs. quantity. (ie either high end used USA or made in Sheffield. Or order new direct from Japan)

If you need more sizes then buy as you go.
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Then keep looking. There's nothing fancy about these chisels. They're just entry level.

My advice is that a person rarely needs 6 chisels spanning 1/4" to 1".

Pick only two or three sizes and then shop for quality vs. quantity. (ie either high end used USA or made in Sheffield. Or order new direct from Japan)

If you need more sizes then buy as you go.
Suggestions for high-end brands?
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Suggestions for high-end brands?
it's all a matter of opinion. this deal is based only on this particular set at its normal selling price versus the discounted price.
If this set isn't up to your standards no discount will make it a deal. It seems like we've got a hang up on the word "fancy". I promise you that this set will treat you better than what you'll find at harbor freight.
A year ago I treated myself to a Grizzly hybrid table saw. It's plenty fancy, but it'll never be a Powermatic.
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For what it's worth, my chistles are as follows:

Some USA made Craftsman for pounding with a hammer. These have the steel end in the handle. They may be US made, but they are still unremarkable steel in them. The fall in quality happened well before prodcution went to Asia. They are just kept sharp enough with whatever grit sandpaper happens to be in the belt sander.

A full set of Footprint chistles that were made in England for general paring and more delicate work. I try and keep these sharp, and do my best to avoid any prying motions.

For when I really want to feel fancy, I break out the 2 Cherries chistles. They look realy cheap and cheasy, but they are German made awesomeness. When I die they will proabably be an overlooked find for some lucky woodworker at an estate sale. They are metric sized, which can be handy. Cleaning out a 1/2" wide mortise with a 1/2" or 1/4" chistel isn't as easy as a 12mm one. I only have 3 of these; even at 1/2 price I could not justify buying more than that. If you have the money, you won't go wrong with 2 Cherries.

All were purchased on sale at local shops when the price was right.

I wouldn't see any point in buying these Rubbermade chistles. Sorry. Just cause they bought the brand from a famous line of well made tools doesn't mean the Asian junk they put their stickers on today are worth using. Maybe for the rough carpety use they would be fine, but you can get that grade tool for less money.
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Last edited by wlderdude July 16, 2016 at 02:04 PM
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Suggestions for high-end brands?
For vintage (plenty can be found online or at garage sales)
- Witherby
- Union
- Old Craftsman (underlined C)
- Old Stanley (750's)
- Winchester
- Greenfield

For new higher end
- Lie Nielson
- Narex
- Stanley Sweetheart
- Varitas

For lowest cost/decent value:
- Older yellow handle Stanleys/Buck Brothers

Some of the best:
- Go to toolsfromjapan.com and there's a wide range from good value to exotics. Shipping to the US is actually pretty cheap.

Your sharpening skills are as important as the chisel.
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thanks for all the feedback. I skipped out on this deal in the end. mostly based on the comment about the narrow range of the blades.
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