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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 02:16 PM

As long as your sharpener can handle the carbide knives.
I have a Tormek wet wheel sharpener in my shop. Many years ago I spent the $$$ for the planer knife jig. It takes some time but I can put an incredibly sharp edge on my jointer and planer knives ( HSS ) After sharpening they leave a surface so smooth it has a sheen to it.
The carbide will stay sharp much longer than the steel knives, especially if you keep them clean and occasionally use a diamond hone.

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