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Offline Lemwise

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New MHG socket chisel.
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:39 AM »
Not yet completely sure if this will be the final form of the chisel. The handle was actually longer but it ruined the balance so I suggested they make it a bit shorter like I did (the total length was 14cm, I made it 11cm). The point of balance is now exactly where the blade transitions into the neck. If they make this the final revision before production I will definitely buy a set. The shape of the blade is very nice, the back was a breeze to flatten and the lands are minimal, perfect for you Americans and Brits who are crazy about dovetails. The steel sharpens up very nicely and takes a good edge. Can't yet say anything about how long the edge holds.

The top one is the first sample they sent me. The bottom one is the revision after my suggestions.



Shortened the handle more the improve the balance.









« Last Edit: August 24, 2019, 06:52 AM by Lemwise »

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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: New MHG socket chisel.
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2019, 12:55 PM »
Very nice. But why would they ship a chisel that didn’t already have a perfectly flat back?

Sort of reminds me of the 60s era MGs that left the factory with major defects. They left the repairs to the dealer and the buyer.
Birdhunter

Offline Lemwise

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Re: New MHG socket chisel.
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2019, 01:39 PM »
This chisel isn't situated at the Lie Nielsen price point so it's no surprise the back wasn't completely flat. This is the case with all cheaper chisels. Heck, not even an expensive hand forged Japanese chisel has a back that's completely flat.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: New MHG socket chisel.
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2019, 03:50 PM »
Ok. I only have LN and Blue Spruce chisels.
Birdhunter

Offline RussellS

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Re: New MHG socket chisel.
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2019, 11:48 PM »
My opinions.  Regarding the two original chisels sent to you before any modifications.  Top chisel with the handle that bulges out at the bottom, No.  I don't like that handle for paring and fine cutting/chopping chisels.  Its OK if you are chopping mortises and need something to keep your hand from going down the handle.  The bulge in the wood provides something to support your pinky finger and bottom of your hand.  But its bad for fine manipulation of a chisel.  Bottom chisel they originally sent you looks good.  Right proportion of socket, blade, handle.  Top chisel with bulging handle has too long socket.  Regarding your modified chisel with the shorter handle.  No.  Handle is way too short.  I understand what you are saying about the balance.  But the handle is too short.  If I held that chisel, two of my fingers would be on the wood handle and two fingers would be on the socket.  I want all or at least three of my fingers on the handle.

Offline Lemwise

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Re: New MHG socket chisel.
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2019, 02:10 AM »


Edit: Did cutting test to compare it to my 24mm Stanley Sweetheart chisel with the same bevel angle. Sharpened both chisels exactly the same way and the MHG cuts better. This an indication of a more refined grain structure which allows the steel to sharpen to a keener edge.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2019, 06:40 AM by Lemwise »