Hand Tools Archive

as to the bright surface...

David Weaver
it's so bright on all of these things, including the matrix of wood on rosewood, that I'm inclined to think that there is a tiny short bit of the blade that is in contact with the wood and it's both severing and burnishing at the same time. But because the height of it and thickness is so small, it's not that noticeable.

Folks who don't normally sharpen their irons that well will probably not notice the slight loss of clearance feel as the iron still picks up a thin shaving even on rosewood that's running out at the end of the billet as long as the person holding the plane does their job.

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