Stanley No. 5 Iron Question

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Forum topic by econsigny posted 954 days ago 1039 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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954 days ago

So I snagged a No. 5 off of ebay and low and behold the iron looked good, but upon sharpening it I notice that about one side of the blade, about a 3/8” section from one side, is not even with the rest of the blade. It isn’t chipped, and there is no evidence that the iron was dropped onto a hard surface on the corner of the blade.

Conceivably, if I sharpen it for long enough the blade should even up right? Again, no chips, and no signs of destruction. Yet I would not go so far as to say one side it beveled because it does not look intentional.


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#1 posted 954 days ago

Having a hard time picturing that…can you post some photos?

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#2 posted 954 days ago

Grind it square on a white grinding wheel, and dip in water to keep
it cool so you don’t burn it. Then grind it hollow to make the hollow
converge with the straight edge. Dip in water plenty lest you burn the
steel. Then you have a ground square iron. Then sharpen the bevel
on your stones to whatever high grit you can work to.


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Don W

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#3 posted 954 days ago

As with MrDan, I’m having a hard time understanding exactly what you mean. I wouldn’t grind it down 3/8” from a side.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 954 days ago

Sounds like the previous sharpening when out of square, as stated by Loren a new hollow grinding is due to straighten thing out again. It happen to the best of us no big deal the blade should work great once it all squared and sharpen…BC

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#5 posted 951 days ago

Grind it square and sharpen, shouldn’t be a problem after that.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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