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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 05:30 PM

If you are replacing the iron because it is worn out or pitted, by all means get one of the good blades. The price difference is not that great and it will last a lifetime. The original irons are perfectly fine. You will not really see much difference. The stock cap iron will work with either the old or the replacements.

The main difference with the new high quality blades is more about quality control over the modern stock replacements. Most of the old irons were very good. The modern “stock” replacements, can vary from perfectly fine to garbage. The quality replacement irons you mentioned will have some minor esoteric differences in metallurgy for edge retention, hardness, and resistance to rust but are all fine blades. My personal preference is for Hock blades.

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