Definitely not as good as the marples
Posted November 6, 2013
I have a number of Marples blue chip that I have used for years. Good chisels. I needed a size that I did not have and ordered one. Sadly disappointed. Steel is no where near as good and the grinding of the blade looked like it had been done by running it over a gravel road. Took forever to flatten and hone to a point that the grinding marks were removed. I finally just reground the blade before honing.
I bought the 3/8" chisel for...
Posted March 19, 2010
I bought the 3/8" chisel for a specific mortise I was cutting. The steel sharpened fine but did not hold the edge very long. This is not unexpected for an inexpensive chisel and I was not overly disappointed. The one thing that did irk me is the butt end of the chisel is rounded and my hammer kept slipping to the side and whacking my hand unless I was real careful. It would have been nice if the butt end was a little flatter. I began chiseling a long time ago using a hammer and have never been able to adapt to the more popular mallets -- what can I say!
The Irwin Marples hold a edge...
Posted January 27, 2010
The Irwin Marples hold a edge as the true Marples, 'til you hit a screw or such.
Was a little worried about ordering...
Posted February 2, 2009
Was a little worried about ordering these after Irwin acquired the Blue Marples line. Though they are not the same chisel as the blue marples, they are a very good, solid chisel. So far the steel seems quite good and there is a lot of it! Good solid handle and shaped quite ergonomically.