|Microbevels front and back.|
|Use a jig.|
|Copyright (c) 2002-15, Brent Beach|
Poor durability, reasonable edge quality with use.
As with all my other tests, I honed three front and back bevels using 15, 5, and 0.5 micron 3M micro abrasive paper.
This is a replacement iron, sold by Lie-Nielsen for use with Stanley type planes. At 0.121" thick, it is thinner than the irons they use for their planes, but the same steel.
|The front bevel, 200 X magnification, after the 0.5 micron paper.|
The front bevel, 200 X magnification, after 50 passes along 4 foot douglas-fir board.
The wear bevel is about 7 pixels wide. Most of the edge is still pretty good, but there appear to be two small edge defects.
The front bevel, 200 X magnification, after 100 passes along 4 foot douglas-fir board.
The wear bevel is about 10 pixels wide. There are no defects in this section of blade (the blob is probably a bit of sawdust). The wear bevel was wide enough though that I did not complete the test of the next 50 passes along the douglas-fir board.