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Forum topic by JJohnston posted 336 days ago 698 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JJohnston

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336 days ago

This is the iron from an eBay no. 7, just out of the Evaporust and dried off. These colors are actually pretty true. On the back, there’s a blue/black streak about 3/4” wide. It lightens to purple along the edges, then yellow, which goes virtually all the way across. On the bevel side, the same colors show on the bevel, and to a lesser degree on the face.

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#1 posted 336 days ago

Das ist weird…
It looks like it was overheated, but not on a grinder – with a flame. What condition is the plane in? I wonder if that blade was sitting in a plane when someone brazed a crack in the cheek…

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#2 posted 336 days ago

There are no cracks or brazes evident, but it’s most likely a Frankenplane, so who knows what might have happened.

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#3 posted 336 days ago

Could be. Time for a Hock blade. :)

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#4 posted 336 days ago

Yeah, that looks like it was heated on one side. Unless you’re set up to re-harden/temper the blade, there isn’t a ton left on that blade, so I’d replace it.

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exelectrician

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#5 posted 336 days ago

Your blade is toast.

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#6 posted 335 days ago

its pretty easy to tell. If the temper is lost, it just won’t hold an edge very long. Try it, but my bet would be the first 5 guys are right.

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#7 posted 335 days ago

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#8 posted 335 days ago

Been on a belt sander maybe? Sharpen and use, that’s the only way to know if it’s good or not.

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JJohnston

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#9 posted 335 days ago

Heh – I already bought the longer of the #7 irons from that seller.

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#10 posted 335 days ago

IT is possible to re-temper steel, there’s a guide on how to do it in the book “Restoring, Tuning, & Using Classic Woodworking Tools” By Michael Dunbar.

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JJohnston

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#11 posted 334 days ago

Thanks, but by the time I buy the book, cobble up a furnace, ruin some steel developing the skill….you know.

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