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Re: The A2 Steel Debate Going on Elsewhere

David Weaver
Japanese users and warren are the only ones I can think of who have actually consumed irons. I never will, even though two of the planes in my cycle are steady now (the try plane and the jack). I won't even work in the volume needed to consume an iron.

You're dead right about the knife market - it's really strange. really strange. A lot of the steels used are really hard to sharpen, but not good at acute angles - a double whammy, but they get a huge following. When the knife makers start making razors, they're usually making junk. I don't think they know they're making junk, either.

Cliff stamp is the only person I can think of who started testing knives slicing things instead of abusing them. He found that the plain cheap knives tend to last longer when someone is actually slicing things. The fascination with a multi-purpose knife with a spine near 1/4" is something I just don't get, and the gadgetry trying to sharpen knives with contraptions to get strange geometry is just weird.

The razor community is like that a little bit (some people shave for years before learning to hone their razors). I understand that a century ago, a barber would hone your razor for you for a few bucks, but there are "professionals" who do it for $15-$30 *plus shipping*. It's really odd, but the market is there and people seem to be almost endless coming along as newbies and looking for people to throw money at.

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