19 February 2016 at 6:25 am #134885
So I stumbled over this cheap Chisel Set on ebay look for some planes. Figure at 16.50 the worst I get is some practice sharping chisels and a loaner set. Well, just got the in today, and the first surprise was a good 25 degree bevel on every one, the second surprise is everyone of them is near dead flat on the back.
The first bad point I see on them is the finish really coarse which means there is fine/xtra fine polishing that needs to be done over the entire chisel. More to come as test them out on my bench.
Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop21 February 2016 at 1:38 pm #134907trooper82Participant
I know it is hard to tell from a picture only, but they look like soft steel to me. See how the 1/4″ is already starting to rust? Compare them to a cheap harbor freight set. The edge won’t hold up long I’d guess….but I could be wrong….22 February 2016 at 4:29 am #134917
Not rust, just never had the coarse grind polished off, and the protective coat is sticky so attracts everything. Real job has delayed getting them properly edged and tested. but that is a concern. If they are to soft, I will hand them over to buddy, the blacksmith, and see if he can temper them for me.
Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop29 February 2016 at 12:24 pm #135121markhParticipant
Try the old reliable hardness test of running a fine file across one of the bevels. If it doesn’t cut the metal (skates off), you haven’t got anything to worry about. If it does cut into the chisel then its too soft anyway and you will have to harden the chisels first (if they will harden at all), before you get to temper them! You would assume that the manufacturer has already tried to harden them, so if you are forced to reharden them you might start to wonder if the steel was hardenable in the first place – if not you have got yourself a set of sharp screwdrivers!!
Mark3 March 2016 at 9:26 pm #135332
@markh, they have passed the hardness test. Arranging a time to get my hands on wayne’s nice belt grinder. It is geared down for metal work and has a nice 6″ flat plate for working on.
Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop21 April 2016 at 9:59 pm #136576
So finally got a chance to use them. They take an edge well, and feel great in the hand, but don’t hold the edge well at all for any kind of chopping. The edge fractures very fast and noticeably. Only out 16 bucks and got practice on sharpening.
Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop21 April 2016 at 10:09 pm #136578Matt McGraneParticipant
Well, that’s unfortunate. But I guess it’s sort of predictable. If they used good steel and processed them as they should to get proper hardness, they probably couldn’t sell them for cheap.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/27 April 2016 at 9:18 pm #136760STEVE MASSIEParticipant
Surprisingly the Aldi Chisels are very good, I was able to buy a set after Paul commented on them. If I recall they were like 7 or $8 for aset of 4. The handles need a litle work kinda of uncomfortable for me but for the money you can’t go wrong. I have many old chisels like Marples, Swan, Weatherby etc. which are really nice, hard to beat the old steel.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US
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