10 essential hand tools
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A set of five, including widths of 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4" and 1" wide, is good for starters. But beware: not all chisel steel is created equal. Some steels are substantially more difficult to sharpen than others, while some hold a razor’s edge longer than others during use. Bench chisels are enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity these days, with several big brands coming out with new offerings. Lee Valley’s bevel-edge chisels offer a good combination of great steel and at a reasonable price.
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