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Re: Heavier Stanley cap-iron
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david weaver
that's the one that I referred it when I originally made that comment, but I've never had that plane type (one of the few) and never used one.

It's a beginner's market now, though, and if LN says their version is improved, most beginners and "instructors" will have them convinced. "veterans" tend to buy nothing at all or satisfy an odd jones (pre-war norris, etc).

I have had a record or two that had an extra thick cap iron like that, but I can't remember the circumstances (as in, I don't remember if it was one of the later records, etc. I have only three record planes in my house, one is a stay set and only one of the other had a survivable cap, so I don't remember where that cap went, but i liked it).

I still generally prefer the stanley cap over all others because I like that spring in a metal plane. Derek's issues with shavings going through are more of a very hard wood issue. I've had it once in a great while with cocobolo (only on the flat side - cocobolo crumbles on the quartered side and has no "beam strength" , to steal Larry's word), but it's infrequent and minor enough that I've ignored it. If I planed only cococoblo, I wouldn't like it so much. It's kind of like the "iron is too soft" thing that I used to get bent on. It's too soft for 5% of what I plane, but it's more useful to be able to sharpen faster when that happens than it is to go chase wundersteel. The cap iron makes it so that the wear isn't an issue until it's really an issue, if you know what I mean, whereas it becomes an issue pretty quickly without the use of the cap.

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