Add me to the list of people with a broken Aldi chisel. Yesterday, I chopped a shallow mortise in oak with the 8mm chisel. There weren’t any problems chopping or levering out the waste, but when I slid the chisel back and forth in the completed mortise to clean up the sides, the chisel broke about half way down.
My first impression of these chisels was that they take an exceptionally keen edge, and I still think that is true, but it seems that perhaps this is achieved by being too brittle. For six bucks, I’ll get another set and keep them for mallet-free work (paring).
Some of us have good luck, others don’t. Perhaps there are variations in the manufacturing?
This topic was modified 6 years, 5 months ago by Ed.
When did you guys buy your chisels? I’ve noticed that the ones sold locally (Detroit USA) last month weren’t as well ground as the ones I bought last year. I’ve been using those for a year with no complaints.
Mine came from Aldi’s here in Orlando last year, I haven’t used them a bunch but as I mentioned so far so good. Maybe after 1/8″ or so off the edge you might start hitting good metal, that is what I found out on a couple older chisels I have.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US
Funny I just broke an 8mil chisel too! Levering out waste from a mortise. It broke way up. I reground it and will try to use it. I also have the narex chisels and had a handle split! ugh. When I can, I will go with the Ashley Isles chisels. A friend has them. I not crazy about the shape of the narex handles. I did reshape them a bit