When you pick up a chisel or gouge for use, they will likely be in your hands for more than a few moments, so comfort and control in the form of the handle shape and blade length should be carefully considered for the task-at-hand.
Hammers, mallets and the axe are referred to as tools of percussion allowing you to focus intense energy in very specific ways.
Essentially a woodworking plane is a wide, flat chisel suspended in a wooden or now almost exclusively, metal jig. I have provided examples of planes that have worked well in my shop and some that don't see very much use but are interesting.
A good quality crosscut, tenon and dovetail saw are useful initial tools. Saws can be designed and sharpened to cut efficiently along or across a board with a varying number of teeth.
You can learn in days what may have taken years to discover on your own. But there are things to consider.
Your first purchases should be accurate measuring tools. If you plan to build furniture or cabinets and would rather not spend your time buying and re-cutting expensive materials, acquiring the best quality instruments within your each is a priority.
Whether you buy new or used tools, what I would like to emphasize here is your comfort; all other things being (mostly) equal, I would opt for the tool that fit my hand size and stature. Comfort promotes control and as a result, safety and improvement in your ability to attain accuracy in your work.