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#1 posted 07-03-2019 01:33 PM

I’m lucky enough to have a bronze LN #4, and I like it a lot. That said, I prefer using my LV bevel up #4 on Walnut, Cherry, Pine, and Oak. I’ve never tried either plane on more difficult woods. Other planes I get some use out of are an old Stanley 4 1/2 and a new (5 years old) Stanley #4, and my Grandfather’s old #3. They all work fine once set up properly, and I consider a proper setup to include a new Hock blade and a good sharpening.

So, the big question might be “will the Stanley plane (with the Hock blade) work as well as the bronze LN or the LV bevel up”. The answer is “close, but not quite as well”. But that’s just my opinion. I think a fellow could buy a new Stanley, put a sharp Hock blade in it, and be perfectly happy using it.

Note that I’d have bought PMV-11 irons over Hock, but they weren’t an option at that time.

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