I haven't used those chisels but I think they're pretty good. For a
wider selection of Japanese chisels go to www.japanwoodworker.com and
click till you get to chisels. They have chisels from cheap to
Lie-Nielson (http://www.lie-nielsen.com /) recently offered a set of
chisels 4 chisels for about $250, if I remeber correctly). The chisels
are not yet listed on their web page - I guess you can call them. I
think they're stil getting their production line running but
everything I've ever bought from LN is perfect -- I expect their
chisels will be too.
Lee Valley also has some chisels:
In all cases, some of the chisels are so close in performance that
it's difficult to take sides. Apply the rule: you get what you pay
for. I bought a set from Lee Valley and find that I only use two of
them. If I had it to do over, I'd buy 2 medium priced Japanese chisels
(1/4 inch and 3/8 inch)
and two mortise chisels
On 27 Apr 2004 16:30:59 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Never Enough
I recently picked up some Hirsch chisels from Lee Valley. I don't
have a ton of time on them yet, but I've been happy with them so far.
The chisels took about 6-8 minutes each with Scary Sharp to flatten
the backs and put on an initial edge, and it seems that the edge lasts
much longer than my Blue Chips.
Yes. Looks fairly interesting, too, but you might be able to find the glass
locally at a lower price. The paper appears to be a fair-to-good deal, already
cut. And I like that particular little non-complicated sharpening guide. If you
want a trial package for yourself, it should owrk decently. But check both Lee
Valley and McFeely's first for their renditions of SS.
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I've got that sharpening guide, or one just like it (made by General?)
IMHO the Veritas is simpler and better. I had some trouble firmly
clamping the blade with other and you you can also use the Veritas
for skewed blades. The Veritas angle guide is nice too.
Yes, although many have put one together with found items. I
dispensed with the glass and use my jointer bed, others use granite
The Rockler set up is a quick and easy way to get started, but a tad
Great reply, I havr seen all those sites and more except the
japanwoodworker.com one, they have the same chisels as
Grizzly, as their own name brand. But like I said I need to
spend less for as good as possible, those basic ones seem
good for that but I don't understand about this "method"
they talk about with softer steel laminated with harder steel,
then the backs are hollowed. With that wouldn't the sharpening-
over-time run into the hollowing? But with these and their
level of RC hardening they seem to be the right price, would
you trust them?
You might well run into the hollows on the backs, but you're going to be so old
and decrepit it won't matter.
If you're asking if Japan Woodworker can be trusted, the answer is yes.
"For NASA, space is still a high priority." Dan Quayle
I bought two from Grizzly just to try them out. I don't think they are
as expensive or the same quality as JWW. My first reaction was they
chipped rather easily. I gave them to my son, the real woodworker, and
I'll check with him how they have fared. FWIW, I broke down and got
some Two Cherries and feel it was worth it, not really that much $$ all
things considered for the life of the tools.
Choice of bevel angle is usually determined by what you're doing with the
chisel--my paring chisels are between 20-25 degrees; chisels I use for
chopping dovetails are ground around 35 degrees. Try chopping dovetails in
hard maple with a chisel ground at 20 degrees and it will probably chip
(or seriously deform the edge).
If you don't already have Leonard Lee's book on sharpening, I highly
recommend it. He talks a lot on bevel angles.
the hard layer at the cutting edge of a japanese laminated chisel is
*very* hard and also very brittle. it takes an amazing edge and holds
it very well- but chips easily. if you tend to be rough with your
tools, these aren't for you.
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