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Re: W-1
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W-1 ()

david weaver
Interesting on the LNs. At one point, George had some guys at CW go through more than an inch of an old LN iron (the water hardening) and found that LN didn't harden the irons up to the slot. They hardened as much as they could without too much warpage or cracking (my interpretation, not Lie Nielsen's).

At the time, george made all kinds of stuff out of steel and liked the stability of A2 (not surprising) and suggested that they use it. They said "no thanks!".

Not long after, they were using it.

I don't know if anyone will ever know who actually tripped them into using it. Karl H mentioned using it for quite some time before everyone else started to and he moved on in some cases to something more exotic (to the detriment of the fineness of the worn edge from most comments I've seen, and Brent Beach has a picture of such a problem).

I'll check in once I've got my ducks in a row. I'd suspect that the ability of LN's original irons to hang with anything more abrasion resistant will depend largely on the hardness they were able to achieve.

Beach tested the W1 irons and found them not to fare as well as O1 (the berg also looked a lot like O1, as did the thin punched out prelaminated blue steel irons tsunesaburo sold - or the smoothcut labeled irons found elsewhere. Same thing, I think).



I may wish to do the detailed tests on commercially available irons but post a result of a single test for some others just to see where they come out.

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