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Re: Clarifying a point
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Re: Clarifying a point ()

David Weaver
>>Discussing which steel gives the best surface is also kinda fruitless - at the end of the day it's more about sharpening schedule than anything else.<<

Sort of for the second part. For the first part, it really doesn't matter what the details are if someone finds what works and just goes with it.

I think we've mostly solved geometric edge bolstering in the last couple of years, so what the steel is becomes even less important. What's the point of the edge bolstering? To avoid defects.

Which is where time is really wasted, and not so much on abrasion resistance or something like that. For the average person, if an iron is too soft or too hard, they will not learn to accommodate it (and does it matter if they can find another iron that works with their routine?). I don't think so.

But uniformity is the key. I didn't remember until late yesterday that George said something similar to me about 10 years ago, describing hock irons as too hard tempered and "not having as good of edge life" or staying sharp as long as something less hard. But what he mentioned is that they will nick and spoil a surface, so edge life wasn't a planing contest or "until the plane absolutely can't be used any longer". So add George to the list of people who have noticed the same thing (I forgot), and equate it to wasted time.

Where I get lost is when Bill gets on a rail and talks about things being legitimate or not. We're all doing things that have no real economic value for time spent. They have economic value, sure. My daughter wanted a loft bed last year. Nothing under $2400 was satisfactory to her, and the bed that she liked (that was something like $3K before freight and mattress and box spring), looked like something lovely in a magazine, but it also looked like if you looked closely at it, you'd find a lot of termite barf and such.

If I was really looking to go cheap and fast, I'd have looked at facebook (something i don't do) and craigslist and waited until a bunk bed was listed for $100 (one that was $2k to start). We probably all need a lesson if we aren't filing tax forms following the things we make and think there is some kind of credible reason that we have to make them or make them a certain way.

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