Chestnut Tools Perfect Pattern Handled Chisel Review

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So after getting these home and giving them an initial honing, I tried some light paring and chopping to test their durability…they failed miserably as far as edge retention goes. Today I decided to continue with a last ditch effort to make the chisels usable…I hollow ground them to remove a bit of material (hoping to get back to some harder steel), then honed them freehand on 1000, then 4000 grit waterstones. Chopping pine endgrain with light mallet taps went…not fantastic, but ok. Tried chopping about 1/32″ Fir endgrain, and I might as well have dropped the chisel bevel down on the concrete floor…

My conclusion is that light paring cuts in softwood is this chisel’s only strong point, and I think I’m being generous in saying that. Pretty isn’t everything…