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Subject:
Alloy and finishable surface

Wiley Horne
Hi David and all,

“A2 did for a short period of time, but not long. Other alloyed irons, no. Both carbon steel irons produce a finish ready surface after 400 feet. Defects are not tearout or anything substantial, just tiny witness lines ”

The main observation above is that the alloy blades (other than LN A2) never produced the quality surface. Never did. Left traces of themselves from the first stroke. Which means that the alloy edges did not fail in use. There was something about the edge quality after sharpening, but before use.

So perhaps it is the tenacity of the alloy wire edge, even the teeny tiny wire edge left by the diamond-on-cherry strop. Wire edge behavior is a primary characteristic you mentioned from the start.

Wiley

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