So I have been working on some handcut mortises again, and keep getting
frustated with my chisels, hoping someone might have some info to help.
I bought a handful of Hamlet Crafttools mortise chisels last year, and
have used all of them off and on. I have noticed with the larger sized
ones (5/8 and 1") I can't seem to get an edge to hold, they roll over
within minutes. Today I dutifully sharpened the 5/8" prior to using,
and before I had even made the first pass on the first motice in 8/4
cherry the edge was starting to roll. I am using Norton stones, and the
MKII honing guide from lee valley, dialed in to 30 degrees. I seem to
recall someone posting recently that they had noticed that with newer
chisels sometimes it takes a couple sharpenings before the steel seems
to hold at all. So what the hell I though, and went down to 220 for a
while, then back up through 8000, nice edge though with a much more
pronounced wire that had to be removed. Once again I start chopping,
only to have the damn thing roll again.
Is there something I could be doing wrong? Am i expecting too much? Or
is this a case where I should have spent 80 bucks rather than 45 to get
some decent steel.
Either way I'm annoyed and wondering if I can return the damn things a
year after i bought them...
Thanks in advance for any thoughts