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Posted on A2, O1 or PM-V11

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#1 posted 02-03-2017 10:11 PM

I have all 3 types, all but one blade are for BU planes. A2 is least favorite due to its brittleness – the edges chip and then it takes longer to resharpen vs O1. PM-V11 has better impact resistance than A2, and wears/sharpens about the same as A2. Pmv11 performs well at lower bevel angles for end grain. I use my A2 blades in higher bevel angle applications where the edge chipping is less of an issue. The one bd blade I have is beveled at 30*, and chips out more than I like, but the sharpness lasts quite a bit longer than O1. I use it in a jointer/panel plane where the small lines from the chips dont matter. When buying a plane new from LV, getting the PMV11 blade is a no-brainer – its well worth the small cost premium. Swapping out all my blades for pmv11 is another story, and no, I wont be doing that.

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