1. 2 microns is unheard of I’m amazed that someone can plane such a thin amount, another species you might like to try is Huon Pine. It’s very soft timber that’s used for carving and chip carving here in Australia. It’s also famous amongst tool makers when demonstrating their planes, it cut through like butter leaving the savvy newcomers to be amazed. Good luck in the competition. What are the prizes?

    1. It’s just truly incredible, just boggles my mind that the blade can actually hold up for the length of the pass (and my understanding is that they’re using carbon steel) without even the smallest micro sized chip which would break up the shaving.

      The competition wood will actually be supplied on site, so it will all be similar. Huon pine sounds nice!

      The prize is a Japanese Natural stone;


      1. I’ve never worked with Huon though only planed it a couple of times, I actually have a small amount in my shop that I found in the bins as off cuts. It’s too soft to use for furniture but may be clocks on walls would be ok I suppose. It’s a creamy white timber very attractive looking and glistens when planed, kind of reminds of a milky bar chocolate.

  2. Brian:

    You may find it interesting to hear that winners of the Kezuroukai over here in Japan often don’t sharpen their blades beyond 6,000 grit. I was told that, while it makes for a rougher cut, it produces a better shaving than a blade polished to a greater degree. I have not tested this idea, but it makes sense.


    1. Stan,

      That is very interesting. I had read on another blog of someone polishing the back to very high degree but only working the bevel to 1k and pulling an 8 micron shaving. Not really knowing the source I was suspect of it, but now that you also mention it I think I will try it.

      If nothing else it would make eliminating the wear easier, hah. I’ll give it a try.


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