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Are Irwin Marples Blue Chip chisels the best chisels in the world???

 No. BUT…

 

Ask any professional or serious woodworker if  Irwin Marples Blue Chip chisels are the best chisels on the market today and I’ll bet everyone of those people, including myself will say no.

But I and so many others will tell you that they are the one chisel that are reached for most of the time by the most people, “in the know”

Why is this?

Simply put, Marples makes a great all purpose chisel that’s like the old Timex watch commercial. ”It takes a licking and keeps on ticking”. Marples is to chisels what Timex was to watches and this box set of 6 Marples Blue Chip is no different.

The six piece Blue Chip Chisel set comes in a wooden box with protective plastic end caps for keeping their edges from being damaged when not in the box. The set includes 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4”, 1”, & 1 1/4” wide chisels with blades that range in length from 3 ½”-4 ¾”.  The well balanced polypropylene handles are all 4 ½” long, fit comfortably in your hand and are engineered for hammer or mallet work. Great for fine work and can easily take the abuse of renovation work.  The solid forged chrome vanadium blade holds an edge well and is easy to sharpen.

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I’m constantly reaching for my Blue Chips when doing fine work like cleaning up a mortise or a tenon or shaving off that few extra thousands of an inch when fitting dovetails.

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This set comes sharpened to a 25 degree bevel and that was dead on right out of the box. But like any woodworker, I want a keener edge along with a micro bevel on my chisels. 

 

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It only took a few short minutes to upgrade the factory ground bevel and include a micro bevel. I also took a few minutes to flatten the backs of these chisels but they were almost dead flat right out of the box.

Comfortable to hold, well balanced, holds an edge well, can be used for fine and rough work and reasonably priced too. Is it any wonder why I and so many woodworkers and do it yourselfers reach for Irwin Marples Blue Chip chisels?

They take a licking and keep on ticking. Irwin Marples Blue Chip Chisels.