Irwin Chisels 4pk by "Marples"

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  • Irwin Chisels 4pk by "Marples"

    Picked up a 4pk of basic chisels. By Irwin, labeled Marples on the package. Got them from PMenards on sale for $22. Got them home, handles are cheap plastic, blades very very dull. For $22, I'm not worried too much, but overall, very unimpressed. I will use them to split firewood I guess. I may try to sharpen then, but probably not.

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      Ditto what everybody else said. I have the Sheffiled chisels and they are good, solid chisels that are used regularly, stay sharp for a long time and sharpen easily. OK balance and durable when you need to beat on them. Sad to hear they are now chinese made and a victim of mediocre quality.

    • Hoover
      Hoover commented
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      The Marples chisels from England were well made, needing a honing before using them. I also own Stanley from England they are better than the ones from China.

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      SARGE..g-47 commented
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      My current chisels are a set of 5 Marples I purchased in 1974 when there was not doubt about where they were made and the fact they used Sheffield steel from steel works in Sheffield, England. They cost $24 in 1974.

      Any chisel that cost under $45 per chisel "today" is not going to come honed straight out of the box. You have to flatten the backs and take the machine grind marks out.. then sharpen the bevel edge. As far as the cheap plastic.. it it high impact plastic and I have been pounding my 1/4".. 3/8".. 1/2" for 36 years with a mallet chopping dove-tail waste. You could not tell it has been pounded after all that time.

      Mine are excellent chisels but.. if it is a cheaper grade steel used now you probably can't complain about that for the just over $5 apiece you paid. I would suggest flatten the back... hone the bevel and pound away.

      Good luck...
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