So why did I choose the Ray Iles version. Mainly because they are the only current model that is turned eccentrically. This means that the center line of the turning is slightly skewed. I could see how this would be an advantage when trying to pull a joint together. I also don't own any of they Ray's tools and wanted to give them shot.
My initial impressions of the tools as I unwrapped them was that I was less than impressed. The tips of the pins were just roughly formed. The handles had dents and dings in finish and there is just something people leaving tail stock holes in their handles that turns me off. The pins seemed to be roughly turned. I don't mean to be overly critical, maybe Lie-Nielsen & Lee Valley just have me spoiled. When I buy a premium tool not only do I expect it to work great but look and feel great also. I had even considered calling Tools For Working Wood and asking them about the pins. In the end I decided I could fix the roughly formed tips of the pins and that was my major complaint.
|I just felt like this tool was unfinished. A few minutes at the grinder cleaned them up nicely.|
Over all the pins work great. They are a huge advancement from the drift pin I was using. I just wish a little more time had been spend on fit and finish. I still plan on purchasing Ray's mortise chisels and look forward to giving them a try.