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David Weaver
I can't answer for Bob, but I can answer from my point of view.

The promise in the new steels for me is especially in everything right up to final smoothing. When I face a rough board, I don't like to have to stop in the middle to sharpen because an iron starts cutting. I just don't - i lose my place a little bit in what i'm doing unless I chalk the board where I stopped cutting (short term memory isn't so good, I guess).

Same thing goes for either trying or rough smoothing, whatever is appropriate after the first step - I like to be able to do it all in one shot and get the board in question level and ready for final smoothing (or stop there if it's going to assembly) all in one shot.

With high carbon steel, I have to stop fairly often and sharpen. On my coarse planes, I sharpen on a 1000 grit belt and a green loaded belt, so it's quick, cool on the edge, and it will sharpen anything - makes really no difference what kind of metal i'm using. Not counting the time spent taking the plane apart and putting it back together, less than a minute of time.

So far, I haven't used anything tougher than M2, but I have never had to pause and wonder whether or not the plane is getting too dull to use in the middle of a board.

I think it hasn't come on faster for several reasons:
1) the myth that A2 is a "tough steel", and that beyond that you can't sharpen
2) the persistance that once you decide something is hard to sharpen, you're done with it (when usually it's just an adjustment in method
3) the cost of materials more expensive than M2, A2, O1. M2 isn't ideal for plane blades, but it's pretty good - for anything that isn't final smoothing, it'll outlast all of the older steels by a LOT and it retains its hardness really well, so you can be pretty brief sharpening it on a belt

I would suspect if a toolmaker offered M2 10 years ago, people would complain up and down the street that it was impossible to sharpen and couldn't take a good edge. People thought kings were fast cutting stones then, and that A2 couldn't take a good edge.

As oil stones exit and more and more low slough sharpening methods become more widely accepted, I think new woodworkers will start paying for metals that hold an edge better - especially if there is little difference in surface quality and more and more woodworkers go back to working entirely by hand.

Just my opinion.

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