Soft steel Lidl Chisels?

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    gooner
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    I got a set of the Lidl chisels when they were on sale back in November. They have lain in their packaging since. Last weekend I decided to sharpen them up and use them. As things turned out I had only managed to get the 25mm one done before I got dragged out of my sanctuary aka the garage. I managed to get back to the others last night. I flattened the 18mm one first then the 13mm and then the 8mm, all was well. Then I set about sharpening them, the 18mm first. I use Norton India oil stones; coarse medium and fine. I had just started on the coarse stone and could feel that things were different to normal. I was shocked to find that within a couple of dozen strokes the chisel had a burr of about 1mm in width and that the majority of the removal of metal had been on one side. I straightened things up and tried the other two chisels, the removal of metal was almost as quick but I managed to keep the edge of the chisels straight. I finished them all off on the other stones and with a final strop on green polishing compound. Has anyone else had this sort of experience? My other chisels as the old blue handled Marples ones with the white disk between the steel and handle. I have had them since 1977, needless to say they take a lot of effort to get any sort burr when sharpening. Is what happened with the Lidl chisels indicative of the steel used in modern chisels, or have I got a set of chisels some of which have been made from a batch of poor quality steel.

    #136434
    David Gill
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    Hi
    I think you must have a set of Aldi defective chisels I have had a set for some time now and have found them to be fine, I have found the steel to be comparable to my other chisels, in relation to how they sharpen and how long the edge lasts. If I was you I would return them for a refund
    I know that Paul has used them in his classes for a number of years and has always rated them very highly

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #136441
    Peter George
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    I have a set of Narex chisels and had a similar problem. I think the issue was the temper was drawn out of the tips in production. I ground the tips back about 1/8 inch and reground the bevels. They work very well now.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #136475
    gooner
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    Hi I think you must have a set of Aldi defective chisels I have had a set for some time now and have found them to be fine, I have found the steel to be comparable to my other chisels, in relation to how they sharpen and how long the edge lasts. If I was you I would return them for a refund I know that Paul has used them in his classes for a number of years and has always rated them very highly

    Hi David, if they are defective, I think I might be stuck with them. I have had them since November and no longer have the receipt.

    #136476
    gooner
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    I have a set of Narex chisels and had a similar problem. I think the issue was the temper was drawn out of the tips in production. I ground the tips back about 1/8 inch and reground the bevels. They work very well now.

    I’ll see how well they hold an edge Peter and if needs be I’ll try out your suggestion.

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