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Norex Chisels

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  • #123854
    Sandy
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    I found a deal today on a 6 peice set of Norex chisels at Highland Hardware. 49 bucks… I bought 2 sets! I never find deals like this.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #123930
    Matt McGrane
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    Nice deal. I see a 6-piece set of Narex on Highland Woodworking for $70. Wonder why the difference?

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #123936
    Mark Armstrong
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    Narex do a bog standard chisel as well as a cabinetmaker chisel. That may be the difference.
    The cabinetmaker chisel have much finer bevels on the sides and are very nice for dovetails.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #124109
    Sandy
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    I’m No sure. But I got these and an extra 3mm to do the lamp project.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

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    Sandy
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    Chisels are like clamps to me, you can’t have enough of them!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #124173
    Sandy
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    I was able to get out in the shop a little yesterday. Sharpened my Norex chisles and tried one of them on a peice of scrap. Cut one mortace and the edge chipped off really bad within the first few cuts. I’m a little disapointed in the quality but I guess it is true that sometimes you get what you apy for…. I’ll just have to remember not to use them for mortases…

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #124174
    Charles Cleland
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    Sandy I think you’ll find they get better after a few sharpening. They put the initial bevel on with a belt sander, and I think it ruins the temper for the first little bit of the chisel. Once you get past that part and into the good stuff they are much better. I don’t have the patience to get to it by honing, so I ground a 16th or so off, dipping in water as I went.

    Washington State, USA
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    #124175
    Charles Cleland
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    No problems since then.

    Washington State, USA
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    #124184
    Mark Armstrong
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    It is a known thing about Narex chisels that some the very first bit may not of taken to hardening process properly just hone back a little further.
    After that excellent edge retention.
    Around 6:30 mins little explanation

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #124187
    Ross Boyle
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    I have a set of Narex chisels and found the quality to be very good. You need to lap the backs of the chisels before honing them. I have found that they don’t do well with micro-bevels though. So all of my chisels are honed to 30 degrees with no micro-bevel then leather stropped. After each use I strop them before putting them back in the chisel rack so they are ready to use the next day. I don’t use them for bench chisels. (have a cheap set of marples for that) They are used solely for dovetails and mortise & tenon work.

    #124201
    Sandy
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    Thank you Charles, I did find that after I honed the chips out of the one chisel it was much better. I imagine that as you have said, in the initial sharpening shaping of these at the factory the chisels were over heated and removed the temper making the very tip very brittle. Maybe I will have a better opinion of them after using them for a while.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

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