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Posted on Jointer knives - types of steel and which ones are better?

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 01:53 PM

I get that carbide tipped isn’t as good for soft woods as they are for hard woods due to the fact it is difficult to get that premier edge on carbide as compared to tool steel (hence it would “tear” more than “cut” the soft woods).

But they would last longer and it’s not like I’m a production shop either. The tool steel would be easier to dress when they dull slightly but carbide can be dressed as well, it just takes longer and with more specialized equipment. At the same time, diamond sharpening stones are now commonly available so that makes that task easier.

I think I’m talking myself into spending the extra $80 or so for the carbide tipped unless there’s a really good argument as to why I shouldn’t bother.

Can someone talk me out of it?

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