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Final smoothing isn't the problem
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Patrick Chase
Who said anything about "final smoothing"?

Smoothing has never been the limiting step when it comes to tearout. As you say, there are several viable tearout mitigations for smoothing planes: High angle, ultra-thin shavings, ultra-sharp and frequently sharpened irons, cap irons, etc. If smoothing is all you do by hand then you can achieve good results in reasonable (though not optimal) time without a double iron.

The biggest payoff from the double iron is when you need to remove volume rather than just clean up the surface, as in jointing and roughing. In that case most of the other mitigations become nonviable for one reason or another: Thin shavings take forever, maintaining an ultra-sharp edge is impractical, high angles are too much work, etc. Double irons are petty much the only game in town for that sort of work. Note that deep cuts cause deep tearout, so if you get into trouble in the jointing phase then your smoothing will take forever as well.

This is why David keeps going on and on about "people who rough their own wood".

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