Best chisel sets for woodworking

Yataro Chisels of Japan, set of 5

Yataro is not the cheapest but certainly not the most expensive Japanese chisel. Considering the highly skilled method of construction. Japanese steel has for centuries been respected for its culture surrounding the making of samurai swords. The folding and laminating in the forge often by hand makes for a superior tool.

The Steel

High-quality Hand-forgedJapanese High-Carbon steel, HRC63 hardness laminated to a less hard iron socket body.

Sizes in set

6mm(1/4″), 12mm(1/2″), 24mm(1″), 30mm(1 1/4″), 36mm(1 1/2″)

Grind

Hollow ground back reduces friction and workpiece deflection

Handles

‘Akagashi’ handle known as ‘Japanese Red Oak’. Reinforced with heavy steel ring. Socket mount.

Presented

Factory sharpened, unlike most chisels which are supplied ready for sharpening. 

Sharpening

Supplied sharpened but future honing must performed on a Waterstone. Warning:  Do not use a grinding wheel on this forged Japanese chisel as the wheel will chip the edge. These Yataro chisels are capable of some crazy sharp edges.  Read my article about sharpening

Kirschen (Two Cherries) German made 6 piece chisel set

Two cherries chisels are another quality engineered German product. The brand of sharp tools is very popular and respected. Electronic monitored Hand forged chisels of high quality which can hold their edge under heavy use. Established 1858

The Steel

Electronic monitored Hand forged chisels of high quality. Hardness 61 HRc higher than DIN (German Standards Institute)

Sizes in this set

popular widths: 6, 10, 12, 16, 20 and 26mm

Grind

Bevel edged firmer

Handles

Hornbeam mounted by a Tang

Presented

Wooden storage case included

Sharpening

Supplied with basic sharpening but these chisels would benefit from some honing to get that crazy sharp edge.

Narex bevel-edged chisel set of 6 in a presentation box.

Narex chisels have earned their place in the tool kit of professionals and newcomers to woodworking. Although Narex chisels have recently been extensively talked about, what most people do not know is that this czech republic company was founded in 1937. I personally have no need of a set as my tool arsenal is well catered for. I have used Narex on several occasions and that is why I feel this brand of chisels is a worthy contender in my list of woodworking chisel sets.

The Steel

Chrome Magnesium hardened too RC 59 standards

Sizes in set

6 pc set 6mm (1/4″), 10 (3/8″), 12 (1/2″), 16 (5/8″), 20 (13/16″) , 26 (1 1/16″) 

Grind

25 degree bevel

Handles

Stained European Beech

Presentation

Woodworking Chisels in Wooden Presentation Box 853053

Stanley 16-793 Sweetheart 750 Series Socket Chisel 8 Piece Set

Stanley is a name that has been a popular choice for many a generation. I feel their appeal had wained somewhat with their plastic-handled chisels starting with the translucent cellulose to their 500 series. But now Stanley has started to present us woodies with their Sweetheart range of tools. Classic 750 series designs at great prices and nice quality. Made in Britain

The Steel

High-carbon chrome steel with tapered bevel sides. Long thin blade

Sizes in this set

popular widths: sizes: 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 1, and 1-1/4 chisels leather pouch

Grind

Bevel edged on both sides

Handles

Hornbeam mounted by a Socket

Presented

leather pouch included

Sharpening

Supplied with basic sharpening but these chisels would benefit from some honing to get that crazy sharp edge.

By Marcus Kett, Woodworking since 1989 

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 Woodworking for me is in my blood as a son of a traditional boatbuilder. My Father Malcolm Kett was highly skilled and inventive individual often referred to as ‘Malcolm The Boat’. 

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Yes, it is a medley of possible career choices but the one that I felt truly at home with was Woodworking. Woodworking has been my staple career choice that has given my family stability.

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We have lived and worked here in the Limousin Nouvelle Aquitaine since 2010, building window shutters and external doors. Our Volet manufacturing business is based at our home property as a ‘Cottage Industry’. We are a small business operating partly (60%) off the grid and try our best to practice our woodworking ethically.

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