Manufacturer: Ashley Iles
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wrote on 21/12/2009
WELL THOUGHTOUT CHISELS EXCELLENT FOR THE JOB THEY ARE DESIGNED FOR!.
Strengths: Excellent for paring dovetail joints and light waste removel,they fit well in the hand and are sharp out of the box.
Weaknesses: Commonsence says you do not hit these chisels with a mallet,otherwise there are no weaknesses at all.
Overall: These chisel are a must for fine dovetail work or any other fine joint making.I have never bought Ashley Iles tools before,but going of this set of chisels they take pride in the tools they make.I don't hesitate in recomending these chisels
wrote on 01/03/2008
A LOVELY SET OF CHISELS.
Strengths: Honed and ready to use straight out of the packet. Comfortable to hold and use, well balanced and light. Holds a good edge.
Weaknesses: As these chisels are very, very sharp they could do with coming with a protective sleeve of some sort for the "business" end.
Overall: From the outset when these chisels were released they looked a very desirable set of tools but having never owned any Ashley Iles tools I was unsure of their quality, as they are somewhat cheaper than the likes of Lie Nielsen and the japanese dovetail chisels that are available.I was also unsure whether the 2 skew chisels in the set were necessary or just a gimmick but I needn't have worried on either count. These chisels are certainly of a high quality manufacture and fit perfectly in the hand.They were razor sharp straight out of the packet and sliced effortlessly through oak, walnut and sapele. They are a well balanced set of chisels and are perfect for the job for which they were made and for which I purchased them for i.e hand cutting dovetails. The 1" chisel weighs in at around 127g just short of 100g lighter than my normal Marples equivalent chisel making it less tiring on the hands for extended periods of use. The skew chisels were actually a bit of a revelation, their design and shape enable you to "attack" the joint from almost any angle allowing access to all the corners where a normal chisel would struggle to get. My only gripe with the set (well there had to be one didn't there?)is that they don't come complete with any blade guards. These, I feel, are necessary for two reasons..The chisels are so sharp your fingers need protecting and when not in use without a guard I doubt it will be long before the chisels cut through the lovely tool roll that they come in. All in all these a great set of chisels well worth the £99 I paid for them and I look forward to many years of using them.