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#1 posted 11-18-2012 12:26 AM


The chrome vanadium Record/Marples used in chisels and plane irons since the 1960’s is a far cry from normal oil or water hardening steel. Chrome vanadium steel is famous for its folding edges. Put a Hock O-1 iron in that plane and do your comparison.


I don’t have any experience with Lee Valley’s powder metal steel and I don’t expect that I’ll mess with it. My honing system works fine for all my edge tools, takes up less than two square feet, requires no accessories, and is always set up ready to use. I don’t really want to start duplicating things. I don’t have a problem with edge retention or sharpening.

Lee Valley does deserve credit for developing a steel around the requirements of woodworking. My question about it is what was the impetus for developing it? Was the main driving force a search for a steel that would better resist the often reported flat face wear bevel caused by inadequate clearance angle in bevel-up low angle planes?

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