I do not own any “high-end” tools. I have quality tools that consist of a mix of old, new and user built. I have vintage Stanley, vintage Record, a WoodRiver and user built planes. I have vintage saws, a couple Veritas and a user built saw. I also have Narex chisels, both bench and mortise in metric. These tools serve me well and I’m satisfied with them…mostly.
Once in a while I find myself in a darkened room surfing the internet and looking at tool porn. Chisels to be exact. I admit it, I have a thing for chisels. Not just any chisels, chisels that will set me back some serious money if I ever actually pull the trigger. I like my Narex chisels. They sharpen easily, hold an edge reasonably well. I do find them a little top-heavy but have improved that by doing a little reshaping of the handles. So why do I keep trolling catalogs looking at chisels? I think it’s the lure of unknown. If a $7 Narex is pretty good then a $70 chisel must be fantastic. There are two chisels who’s siren song I hear the loudest, Lie-Nielson socket chisels and blacksmith made Japanese chisels. Both high quality offerings and pricey. Plus there is the added excuse that I would be supporting artisans in the tool making craft. Imagine how much my work would improve with a chisel of that quality.
So before I do something reckless, expensive and possibly life threatening (SWMBO), I thought I would solicit some feedback from those of you who are reading this. What chisels do you have? Do you own the Lie-Nielson? What are your thoughts? Do you own blacksmith made Japanese chisels? Thoughts? Should I pull the trigger on new chisels to satisfy my lust? or Should I turn off the internet, sharpen my Narex chisels and get on with woodworking?