Don’t you love the way wood works? Below is another flea-market find that’s slightly surface pitted. It’s an old Marples from the pre Irwin days when the Marples clan were still involved. They are still readily found here in the UK and can be had for no more than a £1. Most often less.
For those living in Britain, I can recommend the cheapest chisels I have ever found that have all the qualities I want in a chisel. They may well be available the US supermarkets too. The supermarket chain Aldi currently has in stock a four-piece chisel set with an additional (not recommended) sharpening stone at an all-inclusive price of £7.99. They have solid hardwood handles that have a comfortable shape and the steel takes and holds a good keen edge,which is of course critical. These are full sized, well balanced western-style chisels. I have bought about fifteen sets over the past 18 months and cannot fault them in any way. I don’t know where they are made and it’s unusual for me to recommend a non-woodworking supplier for tools, but these are great chisels and I use them every day here in the school.