I just got a set of narex chisels in from lee valley, the ones they had on special. They look great, but I'm very unhappy with them. I was worried sharpening them, they sharpen extremely fast... I had planned on using them by hand only and sharpening to 20 degrees.
Flattened the back, cut the main bevel down to 20 degrees on my worksharp, then put about a 21-22 degree secondary bevel with water stones up to a 8000 norton. 10" long paring cut on end grain, and the edge was chipped in 3 places. Little frustrating. So I resharpened them to 25 degree secondary bevel, all the way through the stones. Did a short pair on end grain, then pressed the chisel by hand into the face of a board, broke the corner off. I was barely into the surface, about like my first cut at a mark line to establish a shoulder.
I also got a couple mortise chisels for my brother's birthday present, decided to sharpen them up at the same time for him. 25 degree bevel, pressed into the face of a board by hand, broke a 1/16" chip off the corner.
I'm used to pretty cheap chisels, I have a set of footprint chisels. About $10-15 each, nothing fancy but ok. They perform way better than these narex I just got. I don't know if I got a bad batch, or did narex get to popular and outsource? Anyone else have problems with the new bevel edge narex? Going to see if we have a hardness tester at work to check the steel hardness, and call lee valley in the morning.