Seems to me that a lot of folks don't rate Sheffield steel made post 1940, and in this I refer to chisels. Growing up, and I'm only 51, I never heard a tradesman call it inferior, it was always regarded as being the best. A couple of members of my carving club particularly advised me against it, the carving author Dick Onians also doesn't rate it, so what happened?
The chap who leads my carving club informed me that Henry Taylor only harden the first inch or so of their chisels and Ashley Iles are quite soft, but what about vintage Marples chisels, before Irwin bought them out and "Chinesed" them?
Surely Sheffield didn''t forget how to make steel in the last 76 years, and for those who buy chisels at car boots etc how do you find the edge holds up on your chisels, and are they pre-1940?
As an ex-foundryman and moderately qualified in metallurgy I'm a little bit confused by all this talk, what are your opinions?