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As to plastic handles I have no problem with plastic handles in general and I think that Marples came up with the best shape of all for a plastic handle and having used Marples since about the mid sixties.
I actually like plastic handles and I am used to them in my working of chisels.
In the sixties we in the UK were flooded with low grade products from the the German Democratic Republic, Japan, India, China’s Hong Kong and others.
I wanted dead-on 1/4” and 3/8” chisels for the two projects we just made in pine and oak and of course the next project, which is the oak Craftsman-style rocking chair in which we would be chopping 44 mortise holes and that using the 3/8″ chisels.
No one expects a £2.99 to £3.59 chisel to hold up and certainly plastic handles are still seen as lesser quality than wood.
Well, that’s true in some ways but not true when it comes to the amount of work it takes to use plastic instead for wood. I wanted to really test the chisels in a different sphere beyond my own use.
You know that we used Narex chisels in the USA New Legacy School and Aldi chisels here in the UK.
The Aldi chisels have proven to be excellent chisels and they were the very cheapest at £7.99 for a set of four and including a useless oilstone.We used Faithful blue chisels and the new colour is identical to the Marples blue of old.