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Rebitting plane irons? ()

David Weaver
you either add on a hardened bit and figure out how to weld it (if this is oil hardening steel, i"m not sure how much usable length you'd get even if you could weld it), leaving high speed steels as an appropriate alternative then.

Not very norris - even if you could braze them.

Or, you attempt to braze and then harden and temper. I can't see a braze joint surviving this, but don't know for sure.

Instead, I'd get any good iron that worked, use it in the plane, and then if you want display or to sell the plane put the original short iron back in.

The solid steel irons are probably closer to oil hardening steel (the older ones) than water hardening steel, both for proper hardening and for stability. Having one hardness tested and then planing with it and another known iron of same hardness would give you an idea quickly (oil hardening steel at same hardness outwears water hardening steel by about 20-25%.)

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