Steve":2p3l6wqa said:The Kirschen set Tom recommended at Axminster is superb. They really hold their edge well, the handles are beech and the entire chisel is polished. Fantastic value at £54 for six.
Hi Matt, 'fraid that's not the case at all. Chisel terminology is a pretty confused area, but you'll find you can (okay, could - the joys of progress ) get both bevel edged and firmer style paring chisels. I know, 'cos I have both. Most of the old bevel-edged chisels you see are in fact bevel-edged firmers; quite a sturdy cross-section although not intended to be hit with a mallet. This is further confused by modern bevel-edged chisels that are intended to be hit with a mallet, but whose cross-section are more like a standard square-edged firmer. In effect the bevel is more like just knocking off the corners, rather than a genuine bevel which reduces to almost nothing at the edges. After all that waffle, what it boils down to is a chisel can be decribed as bevel-edged, but you're no nearer knowing what type of chisel it actually is. Although it won't be a mortise chisel (either sash or oval bolstered)...WOLF":21mi8phc said:bevel edged/paring chisels(one and the same for those who do not know!!)