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by AlaskaGuy
posted 10-26-2018 11:01 PM


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Rich

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#1 posted 10-27-2018 01:44 AM

It’s kind of a toss up. The O1 lacks larger carbide crystals and can take a finer edge, although it’s one that is less durable. A2 has a few larger carbide crystals and will hold an edge better.

For the record, Ron Hock’s book The Perfect Edge contains a wealth of information about steel. Also his video on
the Popular Woodworking video site is excellent. Full of information that’s presented extremely well.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 10-27-2018 03:32 AM



It s kind of a toss up. The O1 lacks larger carbide crystals and can take a finer edge, although it s one that is less durable. A2 has a few larger carbide crystals and will hold an edge better.

For the record, Ron Hock s book The Perfect Edge contains a wealth of information about steel. Also his video on
the Popular Woodworking video site is excellent. Full of information that s presented extremely well.

- Rich


Thanks Rich.

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#3 posted 10-27-2018 02:02 PM

I would go for 01 over A2 for a spokeshave. I would go for 01 over A2 for most things. If you keep a strop on your bench, it’s only 30 seconds to resharpen 01. It takes a lot longer to sharpen A2 and it doesn’t get as sharp, so it’s really more suited to brutal tasks in my opinion. Like a jack plane. I only have one A2 blade and it’s in my smoother and I wish it were 01.

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#4 posted 10-27-2018 02:10 PM

I had a set of 4 or 5 that I bought around 1985 (stanley). Unfortunately, I lend all but the flat one to a “friend” and he never returned them. The blades in those were awesome. Still have the flat one and I use it occasionally. I think I’ve sharpened it three times. Been looking on ebay to restore my other 3 or 4. Hope you enjoy yours and don’t let anyone borrow them :).

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#5 posted 10-27-2018 02:12 PM


If you keep a strop on your bench, it s only 30 seconds to resharpen 01.

- chriscarter

True for chisels and the like, but when you have to remove the blade, strop it, reinstall and readjust it’s a lot more than 30 seconds.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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