My Paring Chisels

I recently ordered two Narex paring chisels from Lee Valley.  I bought the 3/4″ and the 1/2″ variety.  I was tempted to buy the entire set but I’m not sure this is necessary for paring chisels.  I received the 1/2″ several days ago but I had to return it because the ferrule was loose.  I called Lee Valley and they sent me a replacement lickety split.  If you’ve never ordered from Lee Valley let me tell you that their customer service is top notch.  I’ve gotten a couple duds from them over the years (out of MANY orders) and I’ve never had a problem exchanging the defective item.

I sharpened my new paring chisels by first flattening the entire back on 220 grit sandpaper supported by a flat granite surface plate.  I next polished the first 1/2″ of the back by using a 1000 grit waterstone, followed by a 4000 and finally 8000 grit.   I also polished the tip of the bevel using the same waterstones.  The backs might need a little more polishing, but they are sharp enough now to skin a mule deer 🙂

I’m anxious to put these to use!

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One Response to “My Paring Chisels”

  1. John Morrison says:

    HEARD OF YOUR SITE ON JAY BATES WOODWORKING SITE, JUST THOUGHT I WOULD CHECK IT OUT
    THANKS

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