What a credit to Matthew and Workshop Heaven
It was a real joy to open these chisels from the box because of their high tech eco-friendly packaging - brown paper and twine! The only plastic is the standard Narex bevel protecter.
For new chisels, they have an amazing mirror finish on the back and could shave hairs off the back of my hand with no additional flattening/honing. I have checked the flatness of the backs against float glass and they would not accept a 1.5/1000" Moore & Wright feeler gauge at any point. The handles fit my hand very well and the tools are well balanced. The work in the handle and leather washer is immediately apparent. Comparing to some vintage chisels with London pattern handles I wonder if a smaller handle on the narrow blades might be considered. I am looking forward to some work on the waterstones and know the quality of edge obtainable with other Narex chisels. All in all, the most striking new chisels that I have seen. They deserve to sell out very quickly. (And now, how about a non-plastic bevel guard?)