|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 10-24-2013 05:57 PM||716 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
10-24-2013 05:57 PM
I ran across some A-2 IBC Pinnacle blades for nearly half off on woodcraft’s website and I am thinking about snagging a 2” and a 2 3/8” before the sale ends. I only have one concern: I know from reading up on O-1 and A-2 steel that O-1 supposedly takes a keener edge. ( I also know about the sharpening time difference, but I am not too concerned about that). What I am wondering is whether or not I will really be able to tell a difference between the so called “keener edge” that O-1 will take versus the edge that A-2 will take. I know we have all read about the difference, but is there really a difference to the naked eye and the hand? I would be using the blades for finish planing, so they need to be ultra smooth. Any of you plane gurus out there have an opinion on this? I’d love to hear from someone who has personal experience of a high quality O-1 finish next to a high quality A-2 finish. I sort of feel like I am splitting hairs here, but I don’t want to invest in an expensive blade and then be not so pleased with the finish it leaves.
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