|Review by TheWoodenOyster||posted 03-19-2014 05:32 AM||4346 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
- IBC Pinnacle Rob Cosman Blade and chip breaker set
- Brand: IBC | Category: Hand Planes
Hey there everyone.
I have been feeling bad lately because all I do is read reviews. I am going to try try to start writing more. So here it goes.
I always wondered about the aftermarket plane blades and whether or not they made much of a difference. Well, I got a good old No.4 about 6 months ago and figured I would have a go with one of the 2” IBC Pinnacle blade and chipbreaker sets that Rob Cosman ruthlessly advertises.
The blade and breaker showed up and little honing was required. The back of the blade was flat (I use the ruler trick anyway) and the chipbreaker was matched PERFECTLY. It is A2 steel, but I did not notice that it was too time-consuming to sharpen. Honed it up Paul Sellers style and got after it. The blade performs very well, and the results in difficult wood are pretty good considering the regular old 45 degree bed angle and an old plane. I have been setting the chipbreaker as close as possible, literally around .3 to .4 mm from the edge of the blade. This has really helped reduce tearout. There is a very noticeable difference between the old blade and the new. Hardly ever any chatter. I would compare it to driving a gasoline truck vs. a diesel truck. The diesel just powers thru and so does this blade. I know a lot of you pros out there can get the original blade to work perfectly, but I decided to get this blade to hold me over til I figure out how to get those old blades to work perfectly with no chatter (and yes, I can sharpen).
I was using it yesterday and loving it, and figured I ought to write up a quick review. 5 stars it is. After 5 to 6 months of use, I have been very happy. I have it smoothing like 1500 grit sandpaper now that I nipped the corners off.
I’m sure some of you guys will have some questions, so bring it on. Hopefully I covered most of what you wanted to know.
For the record, I plan to get a Hock blade and chipbreaker to compare. I honestly don’t know if there will be much of a difference and after using this blade, IBC might have won me over for the long haul.
-- The Wood Is Your Oyster