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For practical purposes..
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how to judge success ()

david weaver
..the V11 steel (presume that LV makes that in some mortise chisels) and the steel in the narex chisels are about the same.

If someone has a long sharpening routine, they won't think that - maybe. Both types have about the same work time vs. sharpening time for me, though. And to be honest, I'd rather have the steel that raises a wire edge on a washita stone.

I think most of the current buying public would prefer the opposite, though.

I have had vintage chisels that were not as good in use as the narex shape that you're showing. If they are as big as a 2 cherries chisel, though, I probably would prefer something that's about 2/3rds as massive. I bought MHG's version of those a LONG time ago, and sent them back, as the ones I got had edge holding problems. They were so large that they're bigger than the I&H sorby oval bolstered chisels that I got - by a fairly large amount.

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