Does anyone have any opinions on the quality of the GarrettWade branded
chisels? They are shown in the latest catalog at a pretty reasonable
price point. But I don't want to pick them up if they stink. :)
The same Czech ones Lee Valley sells for a
fraction of the price? Or the Crown shinies?
I got one of the Czech chisels (from LV). It's ok. The handle dye made an
awful mess when I stripped the shipping lacquer off the blade. Some light
sanding and a couple coats of shellac took care of that. The back was
reasonably flat right out of the box. The lower ferrule looks kinda
chintzy, but the top one means business. I like the length of the blade.
Someone else can comment on the Crowns.
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Yep, they appear to be the same chisels as the Lee Valley 'Narex'
chisels. And the price is definitely better at Lee Valley (although
they don't come in a fancy wood box apparently.) A set of eight
chisels is currently listed at $54.
Thanks for the pointer!
Although you didn't ask the question, you might thing about picking up
old chisels at flea markets; I generally don't pay more than $2-$5
apiece for the ones with handles, and those without handles $1, and
with the same sharpening effort they work just fine. There's a lot of
stuff out there.
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