Bench Chisels Advice

I'd like to kick it up a notch and get some better bench chisels to be used mostly for hinge mortises and hand-cut dovetails. Currently using Craftsman and some no-name chisels. What is a "good" brand name for bench chisels?? TIA
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Well its a matter of how much you want to kick it up.
Blue handle Marples are always a good choice. Two Cherries got a good write up in Fine Woodworking a couple of years ago. They have harder steel than the Marples, which means more time between sharpening. If money is not object, Lie Nielson is coming out with a line of chisels. I got to play with one a while back and they are real sweet!
I think the most important thing you should consider is how they feel in your hand.
Oh, also add Ashley Isles to your consideration. I have some of their carving gouges and I like them very much.

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Bernie offered some good choices but before you give those Craftsman chisel the old heave-ho, they just may be better than you realize if they're of the right vintage. I have a set that is at least 20 years old along with a set of the Marples which I like. The Craftsman chisels are a bit more stout, shorter and heavier duty and they hold an edge better than the Marples.
It may be that you just need to flatten the backs get a good bevel (25-35 deg) on them using Scary Sharp (fine grits of sandpaper) honing. The older chisels used some good steel.
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Didn't that same article rate Craftsman higher than Marples?
Mind you, I'd expect more variation over the years from Craftsman since they could change manufactureres any number of times.
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On Thu, 08 Jan 2004 16:08:26 -0500, Woodpecker wrote:

I bought a set of Narex chisels from highland, they're pretty nice for as inexpensive as they are. They come in metric sizes, which is a bit annoying, but it's a set of 6 (6,10,12,16,20, and 25mm), and comes in a nice wooden case, for $30. Can't beat that with a stick. I guess they're not as nice as the chisels that cost $30 apiece, but then again, in my humble opinion, 6 good quality chisels are better than 1 REALLY good chisel, and I certainly can't afford $150 for chisels these days
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"Woodpecker" wrote ...

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Although some get better reviews my Marples chisels have performed well for me for years. I'd try Two Cherries the next time but if you want to save a few bucks, I hear the Hirsh chisels that Lee Valley sell are made in the same place and they tested as well if not better than the Two Cherries in a recent FWW article IIRC. There are always the Japanese Oire Nomi (or however the heck you spell it) but I always preferred the regular style myself.
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Berg, Mathieson,Robt Sorby, Spear and Jackson, Wm Kent, A Fowler, E Broad, Greenlee... Keep an eye out at garage sales, auctions, flea markets, etc. I find smaller sizes the harder to find - under 1/2", but not impossible. There are plenty of good old chisels out there, often much better than new ones at a much better price. They are usually quick to clean up, might need a new handle, and a joy to use when done.
HTH, Jeffo
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For new chisels: Two Cherries or Ashely Iles are far and away the best. If you are interested in Japanese chisels, be careful, as the quality varies there as well.
I liked the Two Cherries more because of the feel of the handle--the Iles were to fat, although I understand they are now smaller.
Far better than the other brands out there.
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