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"Premium" or "Dovetail" chisels?

Patrick Chase
Sorry about the double-reply, but are you talking about the Narex "Premium" chisels (catalog #8116) or the new "Dovetail" chisels (catalog #8135)?

Catalog here: http://www.narextools.cz/en/download

What I said in my other post is true for the "Premium" chisels but not for the "Dovetail" chisels, which do have an intentionally hollowed back.

As to why they did that, I assume they knocked off the external form of a Japanese chisel. Unfortunately they don't seem to have copied the laminated construction that makes hollowing the back a sensible thing to do in the first place. The obvious problem here is that one can't do Ura-Dashi on a through-hardened Cr-Mn blade.

Lame.

Then again I don't know why I would expect anything else. These are after all the woodworking savants who bought nice expensive CNC machines to stitch their rasps, and then programmed them to create regular tooth patterns. On the plus side they seem to have finally recognized their error and added hand-cut / randomized rasps to their line as of this year.

In case anybody can't tell, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Narex. They're extremely competent metallurgists with World-class processes for making consistently good and inexpensive metal implements, but it's hit or miss as to whether those things they make are actually sensible tools.

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