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    Footprint chisels

    Does anyone know if the older footprint chisels are any good. I have one set of firmer chisels I was thinking of buying on ebay. It said they were made in the late 80's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dueane Hicks View Post
    Does anyone know if the older footprint chisels are any good. I have one set of firmer chisels I was thinking of buying on ebay. It said they were made in the late 80's.
    My main reason against the set found by searching > footprint chisel < is that it is a metric set. It was the only six piece set with wooden handles listed the price doesn't seem too excessive.

    My preference in the shape of a tool's handle would also have me passing on this set.

    My only experience with anything Footprint is a mallet bought back in the '80s. It is still used at times.

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    I have a set of large "firmer" chisels from Footprint, from the same era. The backs required extensive flattening and the steel is soft (not suitable for driving with a mallet).

    Current Narex production is superior.

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    I guess I will be the contrarian in this crowd. I have a set of the bevel-edge chisels and prefer them to my Lie-Nielsens. They fit *my* hands better and the edges last longer. Looking at the backs, Judging from the scratch pattern, I did not have to spend much time flattening them. YMMV
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    I have plastic shoe boxes with chisel in them. I bet Jim Koepke does also.

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    i have a set of four Footprint chisels purchased in the early 90's and the blades are made of Sheffield Steel England. The wood handles measure 5 1'4" and I use them every chance I get. The blades are secured to the handle with a steel ring. The set I have is the same pictured on ebay except i have a set of 4 ranging 1/4", 1/2", 3/4" and 1". My chisels have withstood a lot of mallet pounding and they stay sharp.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-soc...MAAOSwdX5c0Caw

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    I found both the firmer chisels (set of four) and a set of smaller bench chisels; both unused in the boxes for around 120.00. They have shown to be pretty flat and are probably slightly harder steel than the new Stanley 750 set I got a few months ago. I can usually tell by how hard, or easy it is to flatten the backs with a dmt coarse diamond stone.
    Thanks all for your help.
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    The older ones are fine. Ubiquitous in professional shops in England in the 60s and 70s.

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