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Forum topic by JJohnston posted 08-20-2013 02:00 AM 734 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JJohnston

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08-20-2013 02:00 AM

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 08-20-2013 02:07 AM

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 08-20-2013 02:12 AM

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 08-20-2013 02:13 AM

Could be. Time for a Hock blade. :)

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#4 posted 08-20-2013 02:16 AM

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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#5 posted 08-20-2013 06:21 AM

Your blade is toast.

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 07:23 PM

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 08-20-2013 07:31 PM

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#8 posted 08-20-2013 08:25 PM

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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#9 posted 08-21-2013 12:37 AM

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

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#10 posted 08-21-2013 02:49 AM

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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#11 posted 08-21-2013 12:22 PM

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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