How Important is Tool Matching?

Poll - April 1, 2013

Last week, someone posted a set of chisels for sale in the forum. He stated that the reason was because the Japanese style chisels just looked weird next to the Western-style Lie-Nielsen chisels. Because they are both high quality sets, he figured why not sell the Japanese chisels and pick up a set of Lie-Nielsen chisels to match. This spurred on a discussion in another thread where folks chimed in on whether this is something they actually do. And I thought it would make for an interesting poll.

I think most of you know by now that I am indeed one of those weirdos who likes things to match. Not only does it look good, but it makes organization easier. Clamps are a great example. If you go with a bunch of different brands, you’ll find it a little trickier to organize since the clamp components will likely be sized differently. And while I will go to some length to have things look similar, I won’t do it at the expense of overall quality. Quality is always first in mind, and if I can get a match from that point, I do.

So how important is matching to you?

This poll was created by Tom Iovino of