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I’ll be setting up the chisels during the coming week, in between filling in for Megan (who is on vacation) and our still-vacant online editorial position (we should have some news on that in a day or two). I’m eager to get these chisels set up because that project has about 120 dovetails, which will be a good break-in period for the tools. Until I set them up, here are some initial and surprising observations about the new chisels.
Some people don’t like thin blades, which can flex, and it will be interesting to see how these Stanley 750s take a beating. The second thing to note about the Stanley blades is that the company is obviously trying to thin down the side bevels of the chisels to make them suitable for dovetailing.
Chris is a contributing editor to Popular Woodworking Magazine and the publisher at Lost Art Press.

At the end of the day, given the relative importance and prominence of the chisel in handwork, I don’t see that a nominal price difference outweighs the quality of the product.
I wish Stanley would resurrect the #40 Everlasting line -eBay prices for long, bevel-edged examples are really crazy. Bob, Stanley’s previous press releases have stated that these chisels (the steel portion, anyway) is make in UK. I can only assume that these chisels will not carry a premium price tag and will therefore have their place in the market.
But Chris, if you truly want the best chisels money can buy, you need to contact Trent Powrie from Harold and Saxon Chisels in Australia. BTW, I have no association or interest in Harold and Saxon, I’m just over the moon with their chisels.

I would rate the Stanley blades as very good, but the Lie-Nielsen blades are even better. Of course, the real test on the flatness of the blades will come when I start setting up the Stanley chisels.
The amount of time it takes to flatten and sharpen a chisel is worth much more to me than an extra $20 for a brand new premium chisel (whether LN, Blue Spruce, et al) that’s nearly ready to go out of the packaging. While I consider the Lie-Nielsen chisels to be lightweight and perfectly balanced, these Stanley tools feel even lighter.
Why not get it right the first time and prove they are serious about going after the PROFESSIONAL woodworking world.

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