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Update *PIC*

After using the plane for a bit, I started getting some tracks, so I sharpened it again. I sharpened it three more times, and no matter what I did, I could not prevent the edge from chipping in the process. Two of the times I used the Eclipse-style honing guide and the other time I freehanded it, since the 30-degree bevel is big enough now to do reference off of it.

Does this mean that the steel is over-hardened?

Here's a close-up picture after I sharpened it to 12000 and then planed about 3 feet of pine. This time it left horrible tracks. It's possible that this time when I sharpened it, I moved through the grits more quickly than I should have, but even so, I've never had another blade that behaved like this one.

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