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#1 posted 10-24-2012 05:16 AM

To answer your question about who created the misnomer of cap iron vs. chip breaker: Woodcraft certainly seems to be propagating the chip breaker term (http://www.woodcraft.com/family/2000576/hock-replacement-blades.aspx toward the bottom). I think it is up there with the tails first vs. pins first debate.

The main reason why I don’t just buy a hock chip breaker/cap iron is that I am working on my second degree and money is tighter than it used to be. Well that and I tend to take DIY to an extreme that most people would consider ill-advised ;)

Even if it is an academic question, I am just wondering what difference a lesser quality steel would make. It’s function (on the plane in question) is more for stability and support. Though they aren’t all that widely used in the US, there are bi-metal blades that cheat in exactly this way.


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