Leave No Doubt: Lee Valley Veritas Blades are Made in Canada

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Forum topic by drfunk posted 12-12-2011 08:08 PM 2118 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2011 08:08 PM

Got the response from Lee Valley this morning:

My Question – ”There is a rumor on a popular internet forum that you will no longer be sourcing your bench/block plane blades from Canada. Is this true – and if so, from where will you be sourcing your new blades?”

The Answer – ”Absolutely nothing could further from the truth. Almost all our plane blades are manufactured in-house.”

Robin Lee already pretty much put this to bed, but it just goes to show you can’t believe everything you read on the internet….

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 08:10 PM

^good to know! Thanks, Doc!

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 08:31 PM

Thank you Dr.

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 09:23 PM

Good info, thanks.

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 01:44 AM

Glad to see at least a few things can still be quality made. I think I can honestly speak for a majority of folks when I complain about all the cheap low quality junk that is being sold in this country. I for one am willing to pay a fair price for good quality when I can find it – I’ve purchase Lie Nielsen and Festool for just this reason….I get really tired of having something break that is usually due to some poorly designed plastic piece that is cheaply made yet handles most of the functionality of the item.

Thanks for clearing up the rumour.

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 03:39 AM

Thank you! I do love my LV-V planes and irons!

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 06:00 AM

Robin Lee already pretty much put this to bed, but it just goes to show you can’t believe everything you read on the internet….

Exactly right, thanks for the info, glad to put this topic to rest.

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#7 posted 12-13-2011 06:32 AM

thanks for the info,love their tools.
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#8 posted 12-14-2011 05:11 PM

Hi -

As most of you folks know – we’re always available to answer any questions you may have.

In order to carry the Veritas name, the products (for the last 10 years or so) have to have a North American country of origin. Using the plane line as an example – the vast majority of the blades are made in Canada, with the USA being the next largest source. The plane castings – the vast majority are made in USA, with Canada being the next largest source…

This fall – we ordered a mill run of a proprietary PM steel from a Pennsylvania mill, which we will use in our new chisel line, and for another range of plane blades.

Without wrapping ourselves in one flag or another – we recognize the importance of keeping our friends and neighbours (thats how we spell it.. :) ) employed… whether north or south of the 49th.. that’s who our customers are!

Cheers -

(still hoping for a white Chrismas….)

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#9 posted 12-14-2011 06:25 PM

Thanks for the follow up Rob, looks like your company’s well earned reputation is in good hands.

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