You're really better off to have your paring chisels separate from your
pounding chisels. Paring chisels should be Buck Bros., Marples,
Greenlee, or whatever blows your dress up. Look for straight ones, and
bring a steel scale to the store to check them before you pay for them.
The "beaters" can be any damn thing with metal heels to pound on with
steel hammers and wood or rawhide mallets. For these, I like the
Craftsmans with the full length tang and butt and extremely durable
molded-on handle-grips. I whack the SHIT out of these things in all
types of wood and composites and they hold up well, and sharpen up with
careful grinding and a few laps on the stone. Never seem to be able to
get the "Razor Edge" on them, like the paring chisels, though. I think
it is because of the slight machine marks on the flat side of the blade.