6 chisels, hold the handles
By packaging their chisels without handles, Narex has found a way to get their tools into the hands of those on a budget.
I was just scrolling through r/woodworking (for non-millennials, that’s the woodworking section of Reddit, a popular online community), and stumbled across a post about a user buying an unhandled set of Narex chisels for about $50. Back in the day hand tools were frequently sold without handles, making it easier to ship heavy tools from England, where much of the tool steel came from. I don’t know if shipping factored into Narex introducing this set, or if was more about trying to hit a price point. Either way, it’s interesting to see.
On our podcast, Shop Talk Live, I’ve sung the praises of my Stanley Sweetheart chisels, which were priced at $70 for a set of four when I got them a couple of years ago. If you add in the $50 I paid to finish out the set with 1/8-in. and 1 1/4-in. chisels, they were still an incredible value. The price of the Sweethearts has risen in the last two years to around $100 for the set of 4. This price increase would easily take them out of the running for many who are just getting into the craft. Maybe by packaging their chisels without the handles, Narex has found a way to get their tools into the hands of those on a budget. If you have a lathe, making a set of handles could easily be done in an afternoon. If you don’t have a lathe, use a spokeshave or block plane to make your handles. You’re a woodworker after all!
As you’ll see in the reviews below, Narex has a history of making good tools at an affordable price. Let’s hope that this set follows suit.
Long blades and shallow cutting angle