Man, some day I would love to have a set of Lee Neilson or Lee Valley bench chisels but unfortunately at the stage of my woodworking I can’t justify the cost of those kind of chisels. My first set of chisels I had years ago were Marples and was very pleased with those but they were sold when I moved. I believe the Marples brand is now Irwin and are not the quality of the early Marples I had. After realizing that, I looked around for a set of chisels finally deciding to try these. They were within the price range I was willing to spend and were rated favorably.
The set includes 9 chisels sized 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″, 1″, 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″. The chisel set includes a nice case with a foam cutout to house all of the chisels. Below are some pics of the set.
The case is sturdy and is aluminum, foam and plastic. For now I do use the case to keep the chisels together but once I build my tool cabinet they will be moved there.
The case with chisels is shown open here. All of the chisels came with plastic guards for the chisel tips. The chisels are easily removed and replaced to their respective foam cut outs.
More of a close up shot of the chisels. The grind on the chisels are crisp and accurate. I found the backs to be flat and they came somewhat sharp right out of the case. I spent the most part of an afternoon (I’m slow) flattening the backs and honing them up to 2500 grit from 800 then a final hone on leather charged with green compound. I can say that they hold their edge well without chipping or rounding over. I chopped a 3″ deep, 5/8″ square through mortise using just the 5/8″ chisel in hard maple which was the head for my bench mallet and found it as sharp at finishing the mortise as it was at the start.