|Review by JasonD||posted 12-07-2010 07:55 AM||4050 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
- IBC Pinnacle 2-3/8" A2 Cryo Blade for #7 Vintage Jointer Planes
- Brand: IBC | Category: Hand Planes
My jointer plane is a vintage Stanley #7 SweetHeart that I bought off of eBay for $60. I spent a day truing up the sole and frog, along with another 3 or so days working on the blade and chipbreaker. I’ve used it like that for a few months, sharpening the blade about once a week as needed. It always worked “okay”, but I felt like it could be better.
This was the first and only jointer plane I’ve ever owned. So I didn’t really have anything to compare it to as far as premium planes like Lie-Nielsen and Veritas were concerned. About a week ago, I decided to spend a bit one one of IBC’s matched plane / chipbreaker sets as an early Christmas present to myself. During the week long wait for it to arrive, I began dimensioning the boards for my new bench’s top using the old blade / chipbreaker.
The new blade / chipbreaker arrived today and I spent some time tonight planing up the next board to add to the top laminations. I can’t begin to describe how smooth and effortless the IBC blade cuts compared to the original Sweetheart blade. I glided through shaving after shaving, leaving the board glass smooth and ready for glue-up.
Before tonight, hand planing felt a lot like work. Now, it’s total bliss.
Before I bought this blade set, I was seriously considering dropping the money to buy a Veritas bevel-up jointer plane. I have no doubt that I would have been 100% happy with a Veritas plane, I am so thankful that I was able to get what I imagine is the same (or at least close) kind of quality / experience for less than half the price.
The pictures above include 2 side by side shots to compare the size of the original blade to the IBC replacement blade. As you can see in the 2nd picture, the IBC blade / chipbreaker are at least twice as thick as the original. The third picture shows the new blade set in my jointer plane.