|Review by WoodWorkLIFE||posted 04-21-2017 04:09 AM||814 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
A question that has plagued woodworkers for eras. In this video, I take a look at western bench chisels to understand what makes them tick. I test for ease of sharpening, ergonomics, the utility of the blade length/stays and overall feel. I took all of the chisels to a 27-degree bevel to really get a feel for sharpening them and to get rid of that first bit of possibly over hardened steel, I flattened the back, and then I just had-at-it living with them for a few months. The video is a synopsis on these impressions (pardon my sloppy clamping of the work piece)
A couple of really good standouts were the Work Zone Chisel from Aldi, for practically free, the Stanley Sweetheart, and the Veritas PMV11.
In the end the key to any chisel is getting it sharp, and keeping it that way so also check out my video on sharpening if you haven’t already. https://youtu.be/uLCOjNuQwvI
But, at the end of the day, a good lifetime chisel is up to the hand of the craftsman that is using it. Henry David Thoreau said, “Men are becoming the tools of their tools.” I say, and probably somebody before me, “It’s not the tool that makes the man.” But at the end of the day, I think everyone should own one nice chisel, to at least know what they are missing. The value of these tools is entirely up to you.
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-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper, www.Wood-Work-LIFE.com