|My new 1/2" (top) next the my 3/8". I liked the 3/8" enough to make me feel confident about getting the 1/2".|
|The beveled edge of the new chisel. It's much finer than my existing chisels. I can't compare it to something like an LN, but it is pretty good in my eyes.|
|Top shot, before honing.|
|Back of the chisel before flattening. The little scrapes are in the varnish that Stanley puts on the blade...remember to remove that!|
|After flattening on the 1000 grit water stone. This step took about a minute.|
|After the 4000 grit.|
|Cutting edge is sharpened.|
|A few test cuts in walnut. It sliced with ease.|
Overall, I'm satisfied with the fit and finish of the SW chisels. The handle shape is comfy for my size hands. The machining could be just a little bit better in my opinion, but I was still able to prepare the chisel in a very reasonable amount of time.
I currently have a 1/4" LN chisel on back order, so I'll have something to compare with once that thing shows up. I'd like to get a closer look at the LN 1/8" chisel as well. The sides of the Stanley in that size aren't very delicate, and I want to see if I can get something with keener bevels.