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#1 posted 02-17-2017 02:47 AM

I really don’t have a preference. You can get chapter and verse over at Sawmill Creek. That said; I’ve never tried either of their air-cooled (A2) steels. I’ve always gotten the O1 carbon steel from Hock and the powdered-metal (PM-V11) steel from Veritas. The Veritas bench plane blades are a little thicker but I have a Hock rabbet blade for my No 10 1/2 that is thicker still. The alloys are supposed to stay sharp longer than carbon-steel but I never plane anything long enough to care.

There are a couple things that make either of these (or the Isles or Cosman blades) different than the old Stanleys. One is that they can come with a matching chip-breaker that is machined to stay flat across the width of the edge. You don’t have to get them but I’d consider it a system. They aren’t just a sheet of cheap steel bent to fit. The combination of that and the heavier blade helps keep it from buckling on the frog and chattering in heavy cuts.

The other difference is that they come well flattened on the back. No Geppetto-like labor trying to get that side good. It could be shinier but it doesn’t take long. Touch it up on the fine stones and go. There are times when the blade is so much thicker than the original that you have to file the front of the mouth. No big deal to me but I’m not vying for a centerfold in “Plane Beautiful” either.

Either way, you’ll like it.

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