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david weaver
...that verbose response, I missed the point. I agree with what you're saying, I think.

The main point is that stanley irons are not "soft" as according to modern bloggers due to some kind of lower spec or lower quality. They are very intentionally made the way they were made at the hardness they were tempered to (which is generally less than something like a parallel iron in an infill plane), and not because the steel was junk or some nonsense.

They didn't really go "full south" in quality until the rounded top irons showed up in planes (not sure if that was the 70s). Those can be extremely soft and gummy.

I haven't found any of the irons of other manufacturers to be better despite their claims and marketing pictures (record, millers falls, etc.. all are OK, but not better than stanley's offerings).

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