I wonder if someone could offer me advice?
I'm not a chippy or work in the trade but i do all my own work at home and a few properties I own - my dad passed me down some footprint chisels and now they are getting a little worn despite looking after them and keeping them sharp.
I am after buying a new set of chisels that are decent but i won't be using these that much - i'm happy to pay money for chisels but reading numerous reviews chisels like Bahco and stanley fatmax get really poor reviews and everyone recommends Lie-Nielsen but they are very expensive
So i'm looking for some sound advice for a home DIY'er on chisels to buy thay will get a fair bit of use but not hammered (as such)
I have probably 35 chisels from different manufacturers and I don't see a great deal difference in any of them. The only chisel I have which seems to hold an edge better is a homemade one I made from a jointer knife. What is important is how you sharpen them and that is more than a little difficult to describe online. Your dad's chisels I'm sure would be fine correctly sharpened. You first grind them and then by hand with different grit sharpening stones polish an edge on the chisel. Then to finish them off strop them on a piece of leather loaded down with jewelry's rouge. This puts an edge on the chisel as sharp as a razor blade. Looking at the edge of a chisel through a microscope after grinding the edge is ragged with bits of loose metal hanging off of it. If these bits of metal are not honed away they will press into the edge of the chisel gouging it.
If you are going to buy chisels I would buy ones with plastic handles. They are designed for rough duty and will hold up to a lot of abuse. With wooden handle chisels you would have to use them with a wooden mallet only. Using a hammer will tear up the handles otherwise.
Home Depot sell buck bros chisels that seem to get ok reviews for inexpensive chisels. Start with a set and add other sizes as needed.
In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
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