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#1 posted 02-10-2017 09:00 AM

I am not able to identify your blade, but you are right about it being well used. Traditional blades are made with a hard steel back/cutting edge, laminated to a softer steel or iron layer. The hard steel layer only extends roughly halfway the length of the blade. On your blade, it appears that the hard steel layer is almost completely worn away. Sharpening the bevel will show the two layers more distinctly.

There are plenty of websites devoted to Japanese tools. Try web searching for “Japanese kanna setup”, or “Japanese plane setup”. Toshio Odate’s book on”Japanese Woodworkng Tools”, is a good place to start if you are looking for a book.

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