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Re: excellent
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david weaver
IIRC, it was designed or specified to retain toughness at high hardness, and probably won't be challenged by beech.

In maple, the O1 separates itself from the others in terms of surface quality, but longevity doesn't appear to be affected. A really bad contaminant, like the one I ran into that ruined all of the irons spares nothing, though. Seemingly clear maple does do bad things to the alloyed irons that beech doesn't - no clue why.

Subjectively, beech planes like cherry just a little harder. Both have a slightly more dry and dusty feeling in testing than does maple where the shavings seem more pliable and smooth, and they have great tensile strength (as learned by burning up my leaf vacuum cleaning them up, and then nearly killing a second one).

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