Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Two animals...
Response To:
Re: planing failure ()

David Weaver
Stainless is something that has to be divided into two animals:
* pre-PM, and some high vanadium PM (the latter does fine in sharpness vs. carbon steel, but may be harder to get sharp or have more resistance)
* XHP/V11 - high chromium powder steel

The latter will plane anything that carbon steel does and do it with results/surface quality just as good (or brighter)

There is a chance that some folks running around using V11 or XHP or anything similar will say that an edge has more nicks in it, but I can guarantee from testing that's only because the material abrades away half as fast.

If bill has an issue here, if he's sharpening V11 on 1 micron diamonds, it won't be a sharpness issue.

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