Bevel edge old vintage Marples chisels

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    Hello folks, I’m relatively new to this site so I’m just now trying to figure out how to navigate through this menu so please bare with me.
    I have enjoyed watching Paul build his tool box. Unfortunately , or fortunately im in the middle of a Buffet for a lady so im not able to build along with the Videos . I cant begin to express just how much Ive learned watching Paul work. Already he has made my life so much better” in the woodworking field of course”, ive even copied his selection in chisels and saws which brings me to my question. I have purchased some pld old Marples B.E,chisels but the bevel is set at 27% does anyone know whst they should be The primary bevel, 25 or 30 thanks for your help.

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    Hi Christopher,

    I think you will get a lot of different answers on this one buddy.
    I dont use Paul’s sharpening method, so my chisels are 25° primary bevel with a 30° micro bevel. 😉

    Timothy Corcoran

    I use a 25 degree primary bevel with a 27 degree micro bevel.

    Philip Adams

    Hi Christopher,

    I have a set of the wood handled bevel edged Marples chisels as well, they’re lovely chisels. It’s one of things those things where it depends on the task at hand I think. I shoot for 30 deg for the majority of work, but occasionally when I’m doing a lot of morticing in oak, I increase that slightly to help prevent edge fracture, as I’ve found that does happen at times with these chisels in oak. I may also be tempted when doing very fine work to go down to 25ish degrees for less resistance. Have a look here to see what Paul’s view:

    The 30 deg is only at the very edge for me as I use Paul’s cambered sharpening method as discussed on this blog post:

    Hope that helps,

    I work alongside Paul to plan and produce the videos for Woodworking Masterclasses


    I think you will be OK, my bevels are between 25* and 30* and so far no major problems with the edges failing. I think what you should shoot for is consistency on your sharpening method. The reason why mine are different is that they are of the vintage type and I just used the bevels that were on the chisels / plane irons rather than spend a lot of time on re – grinding.


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