Hickory irons

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Forum topic by diverlloyd posted 01-05-2014 05:15 AM 929 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2014 05:15 AM

So I purchased a box of planes and parts at a flea market. The box had a bunch of sweet heart blades and a couple of hickory irons. Does anyone have experience with the hickory irons are they good quality or should I make some knives out of them? Thanks in advance for any replies I will be checking back periodically.

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 12:53 PM

Hickory? I’ve not heard of them.

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 01:22 PM

I would not cut up plane irons for knives. You can
make custom wood planes with them and the
slot that allows mounting a chipbreaker is handy.

Knackered files are a better choice for making knives I’d say.

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 03:14 PM

HIckory was the housebrand for a minnesota hardware store (Kelley Howe Thompson). They were made 1902ish to the mid 1950’s by either Sargent (most likely if they are regular flat irons) or Ohio Tool Co (If they are the tapered kind.)

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 10:51 PM

Thanks for the replies. I guess I will sharpen them and give them a try, since it seems no one has any experience with them. I like making file knives but prefer leaf spring steel for knives.

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