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Forum topic by brookrest posted 04-30-2015 04:23 PM 1035 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2015 04:23 PM

I am just getting into using handplanes more in my shop. I just purchased a Veritas Low-Angle Jack Plane. Upon installing the blade in the plane I noticed a small nick on the side that angles back from the cutting edge in the blade that they sent me (photos attached). You can really feel it when you run your thumbnail over it. It seems pretty minor right now but would seem as the blade is sharpened in the future it could work its way into the cutting edge. Not sure if this could effect the performance at all? Am I being to picky or is this something I should contact them about getting a new blade? Let me know what you guys think. Thanks.

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#1 posted 04-30-2015 04:28 PM

That really doesn’t look like a big deal to me. You ought to see some the abused blades I’ve gotten with 2nd hand Stanely’s. Makes you wonder if some numbskulls out tried sharpening their irons on the asphalt in front to their houses.

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 04:32 PM

Personally, I think you’re being too picky. From the magnification, that is a tiny imperfection (looks like something happened when cutting or grinding the side of the iron). Also, it’s on the edge, so what’s the worst that will happen? Your cutting path will be 1/100” narrower.

If it really bugs you, feel free to contact Veritas, they have good customer service and will take care of you, but it’s an unrealistic expectation of perfection rather than a real issue to me. If you want it fixed, just run the side of the iron over a sharpening stone and lap it out. It’d only take a couple minutes or less, far less time than waiting for a new iron.

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 04:34 PM

I can’t see any performance problems with that, and I would overlook it. But you can be assured they will replace it if you want; those planes aren’t cheap and you need to be happy with your purchase. I love mine.

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#4 posted 04-30-2015 06:53 PM

Most people end up rounding the corners anyway to keep the plane tracks from being so obvious(less of a problem with low angle). That imperfection will make rounding easier, especially if it is a A2 or PMV-11 blade.

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#5 posted 04-30-2015 07:07 PM

I’d never use the edge of the iron. You’d be asking for tracks.

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#6 posted 05-01-2015 01:58 AM

Don’t worry about it.

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#7 posted 05-01-2015 02:32 AM

Two sharpenings and it is gone.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#8 posted 05-01-2015 03:02 AM

I usually knock the corners off my irons, so it would be a non-issue for me.

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#9 posted 05-01-2015 11:37 AM

Not a problem, that will be removed when the sides of the blade edge are beveled to prevent tracks.

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#10 posted 05-01-2015 07:50 PM

Thanks everyone for the response. I kept the blade as is and honed it. Never thought or heard of rounding the corners to prevent tracks but it makes sense. I will probably do this now too. Thanks for the tip.

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#11 posted 05-01-2015 10:59 PM

Generally you push a little harder on the corners when honing so they never touch the wood, so don’t worry about such a small nick.

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