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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 04-10-2010 05:43 AM 1063 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2010 05:43 AM

Late last week I ordered a HOCK replacement blade for my #4 Stanley. It arrived yesterday in a USPS envelope. I thought this was a little strange but once opened I found another smaller envelope inside. I opened it to reveal the plane blade wrapped in paper with a nice set of instructions from the manufacturer. Upon examining the blade I noticed the blade is chipped on the corner. Bummer!! I really wanted to get this honed and installed. But it looks like I will have to call Highland and have them replace it. It is a very small chip but for the money I paid it should have arrived in good condition, not needing to be ground!!

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 07:05 PM

As an update I returned the damaged blade to Highland an received a new one a few days ago. The new blade came ground at 25 degrees but did need to be honed and have the back flattened. i was a little disappointed with the overall flatness of the blade. It took approx 30 mins to get the back flat on a 220 grit Norton stone. I did get it flat and now has a mirror polish after working all the way to 8000. I did get a slight camber on the blade just by rocking the blade with the veritas Mark I guide. The honing guide I have has a flat roller, so to facilitate a camber I wrapped a short piece of tape in the center of the roller to get the desired camber. I also purchased the HOCK chipbreaker which came flattened. There was obvious honing done to the chipbreaker at the factory. The blade was installed in a nice Stanley #4 and after a little adjusting I am getting nice full width paper thin shavings and no track marks left on the bnoard. My test piece was a 4/4 by 4” piece of walnut. Im thinking it will be a nice addition to the hand tool collection and will cut down on my finish sanding.

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 09:12 PM

As far as flattening the back of a plane blade, do you know what the “Ruler Trick” (sometimes the Charlesworth Ruler Trick) is? That will save you a lot of time flattening the next back.

Lots and lots of write-ups out there in Internet land that Google will cough up.

Not suitable for chisels though.

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 09:25 PM

Hock blades are great, they do say though on the wrapping paper instructions that they need to be honed before using.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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