A friend of our work is sending us a set over to test and make sure they are the same quality we have here in the UK but I can’t see why that would be the case.
Just to let you know that we have used full sets of these chisels here in the UK for the past five years. The edges have never broken or crumpled. The tangs have never snapped or bent. The chisels themselves have never bent in any way along the length. The handles have never split or come loose of the tang. The tinny steel hoops have come loose in dry periods but they don’t do anything though and so are not necessary. Edge retention is just excellent and so too the hardness, a perfect balance. There are articles on my blog showing how to reshape the handle, which is ash by the way, very nice feel to it.
So, success all around I’d say. Perhaps other countries can do the same. Oh, cost seems to be $6.95. A third less still than the UK!