Hand Tools

Re: agree on the polished..

Don Peters
I agree with Jack:

{Probably high polish or edge crispness is not exactly what gives a refined look. Old Stanleys, Buck, Marples have slightly rounded edges, but they look refined. MHG looks refined with top bevel edges being rounded heavily. Mifer has all edges crisp, but they don't make it look more refined. All of these polished to a gray dull raking reflection, but look more pleasing than matte Narex with very definitive sharp shapes. Or the new Buck with acetate handles - sharp lines, better finish than Narex, but looks are still quite bland.

So I think that even when some lines are not super sharp or not exactly straight - it's ok, you're not competing with a machine, are you? You seem to have caught that overall feel in your tools that reminds of vintage makers strongly and I think this is what's important.}

I like your look. It has some of the feel of the better Japanese chisels. Ashley Isles' also have an honest look without going over the top. They're tools, and they should look like tools that get used.


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