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WoodRiver Wood Chisels

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
3.8
out of 5
Brand:
WoodRiver
Model:
151268
Price:
$80

Description

* Beautifully crafted, well-balanced 6-piece bench chisel set
* CRV steel blades hardened to RC59-63 with steel ferrules
* Genuine Bubinga handles
* Set includes 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4" and 1" chisels
* Overall lengths 9.5" to 10.5"
* Blades lengths from 3.5" to 4"
* Honing require before use

WOOD magazine review

Once you get them flat and sharp, they work well

Review Summary

This was our favorite economy set of 17 sets tested. The bubinga handles felt comfortable for both hand-guided and mallet use. We also like that the ferrules taper to form a smooth transition betwee the handle and blade. After we flattened the blade backs and sharpened each edge, these chisels outperformed several pricier brands.

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Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Woodriver chisels butt and bench

Review Summary

I went up to woodcraft and got my set the other day (already have a set of the butt chisels). Like the butt chisels they need a lot of work to flaten but I like doing it so no biggie. You realy have to go to the store to get yours. I picked and chose from 3 sets to get the ones that were to my liking. They are hit and miss as far as workmanship goes but they are all OK but I am just picky so I cherry picked through them.
I have had the butt chisels for a while and love them and the bench chisels seem to be the same. These are paring chisels so if you want to bring out you sledge hammer you might want to look elsewhere. 25 degree angle so you might want to steepen that a little. They all hold an edge well and sharpen to razor sharp. I tested them on a dusty, dirty burl and cleaned all the weathered suface off(about 3 square feet) and could still shave the hair off my arm afterwards. For paring chisels they are a great buy at $53. Comparing them to my Japanese chisels...well I cant compare them but I would still recomend them at the usual price of $80 bucks. My only real complaint is thier quality control could stand a little improvement but if you go in and play mix and match you will get a great set of chisels.

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Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Larry's right

Review Summary

I was at a Woodcraft store yesterday and got a chance to peek at these chisles. Larry's right - you need to be in the store to select the ones you want. While the wood is pretty, the fit and finish of the wooden handles to the ferrules was spotty at best. Lots of air gaps, and I mean much thicker than a piece of paper.
QA on these things from the factory needs to be MUCH higher. I'm sure that in operation they're fine once you flatten what needs to be flattened and put a hone on the edges. But for 'pretty' chisles.... they left quite a bit to be desired.

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Detailed Ratings

2.5
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Performance

3

Features

3

Ease of Use

2

Value

2

Nice House Brand Set

Review Summary

Recently I purchased the butt version of these chisels for delicate hand work, and they were very surprising. The bubinga handles were very ergonomic and the satin finish made for a good grip during regular use.
They definitely need some care out of the box to get optimum performance, but the quality of the steel lets them hold a keen edge after honing. Pros Latched storage box instead of a roll Good quality steel that holds an edge Excellent price Cons Manufacture edge is very poor Tang and ferrule design (but hey, we're not hogging here) Depending on how much use these will get, for the price you can't beat em. With the savings, you can afford a decent honing guide, a glass plate, and some fine grid honing strips to get these guys to a respectable state.

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4.5
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Features

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Ease of Use

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Value

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