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Posted on Getting into Hand Planes/ Which size/ Lie Nielsen?

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#1 posted 11-07-2018 06:27 AM

Oh sharpening. Another can of worms that deserves another forum topic :) can’t have a proper plane without a sharp iron. Can’t have a sharp iron without a means to sharpen. They kinda go hand in hand.

If you have a 50degree iron you can use it for other things like smoothing. Not all woods like low angles and will tearout like a mofo. You combat that with a higher angle (50-55 degree). Is it versatile? Yes. It’s like 2 planes for the cost of 1-1/4. I’m an advocate for single purpose planes and would hate swapping irons around. That and it does have a chipbreaker which is another post in that subject.

If you really want to buy new? Can’t go wrong with a LN.

If you pay more than 100$ for a pristine ready to use 4 or 5, then you are getting robbed.

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