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PM-V11 is a new innovative steel alloy and is extremely durable. It can withstand the impact of heavy chopping cuts, even at bevel angles as low as 20°. It is highly wear-resistant, with an edge typically lasting twice as long as an A2 blade before it needs re-sharpening. It is as easy to sharpen as A2 steel using common methods such as water stones. In all probability PM-V11 is the best thing to happen to edge tools for a very long time. The chisel blades taper from shoulder to tip for strength and rigidity. They have parallel sides and true bevel edges for clearance when working into an angled corner. Veritas lap each blade to a flatness tolerance of +/-0.0127mm over the entire surface. The blade and handle connection is a tang and a socket-like ferrule. The hard maple handle has been kiln-baked at a high temperature, sealing it against humidity changes. The chisels are available in 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4" and 1" widths, with blades from 117mm to 130mm long. The hardness is HRC 61-63. The 1/4" and 3/8" chisels have 30° primary bevels; the others are 25°. All have 2° micro bevels, and require only final honing before use. Made in Canada.
7 October 2016
Brilliant ChiselI bought just one to see if the claims are true. On arrival the flatness and accuracy of the grinding is just excellent. It took a minute to get a razor edge. They are not sharper than any other chisel when freshly sharpened but after a few hours the difference really shows. I used a mix of chisels to cut out some recesses for handles in oak doors and my other (good) chisels dulled quickly. In the end I did the whole job with the Veritas chisel and at the end it was only just beginning to dull. A few strokes on a stone and it was back to a razor. I can see myself buying many PM V11 products.
20 July 2016
BrilliantI bought one of these chisels and a Lie Nielsen for comparison ahead of getting a set. The LN was great but the Veritas was better for me. I preferred the weight of the Veritas - they are very light - not as classically balanced as the LN but somehow they just feel right and very fine for detail work. However I could imagine some people would prefer the weight and feel of the LN - it is a matter of taste. However the steel on these chisels is exceptional - the edge is amazing and it feels both soft and hard at the same time when chopping - hard to explain - but the A2 steel in the LN lacks the same level of feedback for want of a better word. Anyway I have since bought a set of the PM-V11 Veritas chisels and could not recommend them highly enough - only issue is they are a bit pricey even compared to the LNs, but worth it in my opinion.
9 September 2013
The claims are trueI bought one of these chisels on the back of the claims made about PM-V11. I already own a full set of a good brand. The chisel was dead flat and perfectly ground. It took just a few minutes to polish and hone. Absolute sharpness was good, but not noticeably better than my other chisels. However, in use the difference quickly becomes apparent. The Veritas chisels are incredibly tough. Cutting dovetails in ash, they held their edges many times longer than my other chisels, particularly when used for chopping. Not once did I detect a chip in the edge, just a gradually dulling after substantial use. Re-honing is easier than with my other chisels, requiring just a few strokes on my waterstone. These chisels are worth every penny, and more.