Hey everyone, thanks to all who kindly replied about
wood hardnesses, it was all very enlightening, I found
it all very useful.
And now I am curious about chisels. After many days
of researching chisel products I figure I should buy
as good a quaklity as possible for as cheap as possible,
not the mind of the vastly experienced, but I found
"Narex" brand chisels made in Slovakia, for very low
prices. This bevel-edge-only group seems to be
properly made with beech handles and heavy steal
rings at the tops and bottoms of the handles. But the
ferrules are made of Chromoly steel and I need to
know if this is a viable quality for the learning stage
in my own practice, working out of a book (for which
I need a suggestion) and on a small work station
using small, 1/4" thich boards. I also need a wood
suggestion for practice too.
The Crown brand is nicely priced definitely but I do
not like the handle construction, no metal rings and
what they do show is a small brass colored ring that
looks "thin", and rounded tops with no metal cap.
Henry Taylor chisels are acceptably priced if a bit
too high but properly made mortice chisels.
Are there any U.S. brands that are decently priced and
made "properly", other than plastic handles? Or any
acceptable quality please.
Quote for the Narex brand at the seller's site:
"These Czech-made bevel edged chisels are a fine value.
Stained beech handles feature well seated heavy steel
ferrules to withstand vigorous mallet work; bolstered
tangs are also ferruled for durability. The blades are
excellent: fine-grained, nicely tempered chrome-moly
steel that takes and holds a beautiful edge without
brittleness. Don't let the price set your expectations
too low--these chisels are inexpensive because of the
strong dollar, not because they're cheap. Like most edge
tools, they'll need sharpening before use; and like most
chisels, they'll feel better and work better after you've
gentled their long edges and flattened their backs. The
set is presented in a fitted, felt-lined wooden box with c
lasp. Sizes include 6mm (1/4"), 10mm (3/8"), 12mm
(1/2"), 16mm (5/8"), 20mm (3/4") & 25mm (1") sizes.
Inch equivalents are approximate."
"Luminous beings are we, not this "crude matter".