I received 3 Hirsch chisels recently and in honing one of them yesterday had some difficulty; maybe those of you with experience with Hirsch can answer my question. The chisels have a very shiny surface but when I began to hone the bevel, it appeared that perhaps the shiny surface was a coating (chrome?); I then turned it over on the back and tried smoothing the back and found that it was not flat, seemed to be uneven. Again, gave me the impression that the outside surface was like a coating that had been applied unevenly. All the honing was done on a flat diamond stone and fine waterstone.( No similar problem honing other chisels on these stones.)
I didn’t spend a lot of time with it but was surprised that these chisels , which have been touted as one of the best, did not have a flat back. Is there a surface(like a chrome coating) that needs to be taken down to get to the “real” iron? I didn’t find this condition on any other chisels I have, so was surprised. I only tried one chisel, so I can’t say they are all like this but can those with experience with this brand of chisel, tell me whether this is to be expected?