Good topic, and nice input David.
Assembling a nice set of paring chisels has been on my "tool list" for a long time, I just haven't accomplished it yet.
The problem with paring chisels is that it seems that only the better producers make them. That in it self isn't a problem, but it does tend to make them pricey.
I for the last 7 or 8 years have been using Japanese chisels, in some ways I find them to be superior to western types. My Matsumura's are designed so you can pare with them without the handle getting in the way. But, being Japanese chisels they're pretty short and sometimes that's an issue. So I've been coveting the long handle dedicated paring chisels, but as you can guess they're once again, expensive.
But I may have found, at least for my needs, a solution. Japan Woodworker offers a set in white steel that are less expensive than the Matsumura's and other name brand Japanese chisels. Here soon I'm going to start assembling a set. They can be purchased one at a time and have nice long handles.http://www.japanwoodworker.com/product. ... t_id=12796