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Japanese Carving Chisels Chipping

Hi all,

I'm just starting out on my woodcarving journey and am having some difficulty with tools breaking. I'm based in Ireland and recently made my first big tool purchase spending several hundred on a selection of carving chisels from a German store called Fine-Tools. Below is the list of tool I purchased:
  • Gouge spoon bent Cut 7 - 25 mm STUBAI
  • Gouge straight Cut 8 - 25 mm STUBAI
  • Woodworking Carving Chisel Marumagari 12 mm KAWASEI
  • Woodworking Carving Chisel V-Tool 6 mm KAWASEI
  • Woodworking Carving Chisel gouge 4.5 mm KAWASEI

 

Both of the Stubai gouges have been fantastic and have held their edge very well. However the smaller Kawesi carving chisels have been a real disappointment. I've had the tip break on one and the edge has chipped on another one. All three Kawesi chisels are made from Blue steel and the website does warn the metal is very brittle. Both breaks happened while I was adding texture to an oak bowl I'd carved (Images as reference for the texturing). 
Is the issue I'm having with these breaks quite common with more brittle metal like what Japanese tools are made from? Should I be avoiding these types of tools and instead buying more workhorse tools by the likes of Pfeil or Stubai?
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