Ok Larry this is for you just to show you that i do know what a mortise chisel should look like, its just not my fault that Sorbey call their bench chisels "mortise chisels".
So i picked up a set of these Narex Chisels from LV last year when they had a deal on a full set. I had read the reviews and they got a very good rating and it gets even better when one considers the price. $60 for 5 good solid mortise chisels with hoops and wooden handles and they come with blade edge guards.
Well the last thing i was doing this weekend was finishing off sharpening this set. Now i learnt my lesson storing my sharp edge tools just loosely in the draw so i found some odd leather (ugly color) i picked up more than a year ago at Tandy leather store in the "bargain bin". Its nice and soft and good high suede. Gave it and the chisels to LOML and asked her to make me a tool roll. She had already done one for the old sorbeys last week so this time i left it to her with the piece i had.
Here are the results
When they rolled up and tied
Now take a look at the sharpening. The steel on these things has an interesting story behind it and its hard. So these edges should last quiet well for mortising.
Primary bevel is 25 degree with secondary at 35 degree following my experience on the sorbeys.
Back was a delight to lap it did not need much as these are wonderfully machined.
Here is a shot of the trapezoidal side which is as it comes ground from the factory.
So before you go laying out a fortune i think for $60 from LV these make an excellent chisel for the price at around $12 bucks a chisel.
Its worth reading how the Czechs have developed a steel treatment process which makes it possible for them to manufacture these at this kind of market price. There is quiet some modern technology to the treatment process.
I am looking forward to using these. I did give them the compulsory tests on oak and cherry and end grain pine while sharpening and they stood up very well to my beating. I am now gonna buy a full set of the bevel edged paring ones given the cost and my experiences with my old ww2 sorbeys.