Plane Blade Comparison

  • 19 Dec 2017 7:45 PM
    Message # 5643119
    Anonymous


    Hi Rob,


    In your videos you've stated that IBC plane blades are the best blades on the market today. I'm curious if you've ever done a real comparison between the current manufacturers? You could compare new Stanley, IBC, whatever Rockler puts out ( maybe Quangsheng ) and Veritas PM-V11. Thanks for the great videos.


    Clem

  • 20 Dec 2017 1:01 PM
    Reply # 5644076 on 5643119

    If a comparison is to be made, please include a blade from Ron Hock. I replaced the blade in my vintage Stanley 151 spokeshave with a Hock blade and am very pleased with it. It is thick like an IBC blade, fit perfectly, and very sharp right out of the box. 

  • 12 Jan 2018 3:35 PM
    Reply # 5679406 on 5643119
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)

    Based on use, WR originals, LN's, IBC's and Hock, the difference in the edge holding is minimal.  The fit and finish for those to whom that matters, is IBC by a long shot.  Initial flatness of the back, LN and IBC would be neck and neck, the  other two can be a crap shoot.  Now you have to decide whether or not it is worth the extra cost.  WR is $20, IBC is $49

    Cheers

    Rob

  • 14 Jan 2018 12:12 PM
    Reply # 5682227 on 5643119
    Anonymous


    Hi Rob,

    I believe the better quality blades are worth the money. Have you ever tried the Veritas PM-V11 blades? I'd like to know your opinion of them. Thanks.

    Clem

  • 18 Jan 2018 1:52 PM
    Reply # 5689837 on 5643119
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)

    HI Clem, you wont see any Veritas tools in my shop for a reason I cant talk about.  Sorry about that.  

    Rob

  • 23 Jan 2018 8:07 PM
    Reply # 5699110 on 5643119
    Anonymous


    Hi Rob,

    That's a shame as I'd like your opinion of that blade but as they say it is what it is. Thank you.


    Clem

  • 10 Apr 2018 7:57 PM
    Reply # 6082598 on 5643119

    I've been doing plane and sharpening demos for at least 5 years. What that means is that every demo is  four hours straight of plane work and sharpening. 


    He's my opinion; the WR stock blade is about $17 plus tax. It's the best $17 blade that $17 will buy. The IBCs and LN are neck and neck at about 3 times the price of a stock WR blade. They are worth every penny of the price. 

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