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 Post subject: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:17 am 
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Hi everyone. I'm in desperate need of a chisel that will hold it's edge. I currently own 2 Marples Blue Chip chisels, but my 5/8" chisel simply won't hold an edge. I bought the chisel a year ago, brand new. From current reviews, I've learned that the Blue Chip chisels just don't hold up as they used to.

So, I'm in desperate need of a really good 1/2-5/8" chisel (15-16mm). As some of you know, I've had hand surgeries on both hands, due to poor tools. I thought the Blue Chip would solve he problem, but it hasn't. After making a top a couple of days ago, my right hand is in bad shape.

So, I've looked through reviews and I've done so much research that I'm confused. I know that Sweden makes the best steel, so I'm keeping an eye on ebay. Newer Swedish chisels go for more than $100/chisel, which is too much for me. I ran into a Woodworking article from 2008, stating that Narex, made in Czechoslovakia, was the best value. Now they have a premium set, with a Rockwell hardness of 59.

I would like to add to my chisels. I own the 5/8" and a 1/8"; I use them daily. But I can see the use for a 1/4", 3/4" and 1", so I would like to find a set. Narex is less than $60 for a 4 chisel set.

Does anyone have experience with Narex? I'm also considering:

Narex premium (made in Czechoslovakia)
Stanley Bailey (made in Sheffield, Eng)
Two Cherries (made in Germany)
Pfeil (made in Switzerland)

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 Post subject: Re: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:14 am 
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My last two acquisitions were the Two Cherry chisel and in-cannel gouge, both holding their edges very well. The guy I bought them from is in Ontario and had very strong opinions about quality and practically refused to sell another brand I had asked about. So I went with his recommendation.


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 Post subject: Re: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:18 am 
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Location: Hegins, Pa
no experience there but
Stanley Sweet Heart
and 2 cherries
here is a nice paring chisel
http://www.ebay.com/itm/OLD-TOOLS-VINTA ... SwbtVZVHgG

stanley ( I have this one )

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Stanley ... Sw~e5ZQARf

The best areas of steel were
Swiss
German
England

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 Post subject: Re: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:58 pm 
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I bought two large Narex - they hold an edge really well. However the back wasn't flat on either one so I had to do some fine tuning.
Other than that, they are pretty well made and have a nice substantial handle.

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 Post subject: Re: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:59 pm 
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I bought chisels from Traditional Woodworker.......they are german made, probably made in the same factory as 2 Cherries. They have held up very well for me.
I have a 2 Cherries with the S shaped shaft, it is a good chisel but a bear to sharpen.
No experience with Narex though


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 Post subject: Re: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:01 pm 
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Also, if you can find a style you like, I understand the Japanese chisels are very very good....you might check them out.
The higher the rockwell, the longer they will hold the edge, but can be harder to sharpen as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:23 pm 
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I've got a couple of the Stanley Sweetheart chsiels, which seem to do pretty well. I like them.

Of course there is Lie-Nielsen http://www.lie-nielsen.com/nodes/4080/chisels but you can buy a perfectly adequate chisel for a lot less money. L-N tools are beautifully made, but I assume you're looking for a chisel, not a work of art. (Although if I had a lot of excess cash just lying around, I'd love to have some L-N chisels.)

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 Post subject: Re: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:55 am 
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Diane

I have a very nice example of a WWII era, 1/2" Stanley 750 (marked on the socket) that I will sell you for $30 plus shipping. One of the best chisels ever with a blade and handle that L-N copied for their chisels. I put a fresh 25° grind on it and polished the back and the edge to 600 grit. The blade is 5" long and the handle is 3-3/4" - total 8-3/4" - while the L-N chisels are 9". The handle is close to new.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruby1638/34819768973/in/dateposted-public/

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 Post subject: Re: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:11 pm 
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I have a couple of large Narex chisels. 1 1/4" and 1 1/2".Although I have lots of chisels, Pfeil, various Japanese, vintage U.S. and British, the Narex are pretty much my favorite. I use the large chisels even for delicate work where I can.


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 Post subject: Re: Narex Chisels
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:22 pm 
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Thanks for all of the information. I found a couple of Two Cherries beveled chisels on the Wal-Mart site, sold by outside sellers, for $30 and some change each + free shipping. I bought 2 sizes.


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