I just got myself my first mortise chisel. It's a Narex (Czech Republic), 6mm (1/4 in). (I know, it hasn't happened because there is no picture.) I figured the 1/4 in. size would probably be the most useful for me to play around chopping out mortises.
I got some time today and sharpened it. It was in pretty good factory condition, but did need some honing. Getting the back and bevel sharpened was a piece of cake on my new water stones; only needed to use the 4000 and 8000 stones. After that little bit of honing, I chopped out my first mortise with it. It did a real good job, much much better than using a bevel edge chisel.
So, my question is – should the sides of the chisel, near the edge, also be honed, similar to the back. To my ignorant status it seemed to work just fine without honing the sides, but should I do that also.
Thanks for your thoughts.