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Re: Stroke Tester
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Re: Stroke Tester ()

Brian Holcombe
I think the really hard steels shine in softwoods. I'm sure this is why the temple carpenters demand them. The benefit seems to taper off as the wood gets harder and resharpenings more and more frequent.

That Tanaka blade, for instance, puts a shine on yellow cedar that presents an absolute mirror. With oak by comparison, even a dull blade will leave a pretty decently shiny surface.

I'm tempted to put that 01 blade in my oven and take off a few points of hardness. It can be great at times and terrible others. Better still I may just replace it with another Tsunesaburo.

BTW your try plane may appear on Japanese TV soon, I had some interviewers at my shop yesterday that wanted to cover my use of Japanese tools but we're awe-struck by the try plane.

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