Monthly Archives: June 2010

O1 v. A2 (one more time)

For our “high carbon” steel blades, HOCK TOOLS uses AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) O1, a simple high carbon tool steel with very little added to the iron/steel alloy other than 1.1% manganese. That pinch of Mn allows the … Continue reading

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Who you callin’ “Ol Bastard”?!

I have a sample of the “Ol Bastard Jig Sharp Scraper” and find it a clever solution to the problem of keeping a paint and flooring scraper sharp. The scraper is a well-designed, ergonomic version of the paint scraper that … Continue reading

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Of Thick and Thin

I’d like to explore the prevailing belief that thicker plane blades are always superior to thinner ones. While it may seem like an intuitive truth, consider that the cantilevered portion of a bevel-down blade remains the same for thicker blades. … Continue reading

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Seconds, please.

Plane Kit Bargains! We’ve accumulated a number of Plane Kit parts that I can’t sell as “Firsts” — they have minor checks or sap pockets that won’t effect their performance but make them look… less than perfect. So we’re offering … Continue reading

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