You can never have too many marking knives or gauges:yes:. I thought that one each was enough until I took part in the marking knife swap and the marking gauge swap. Now I find myself wanting even more of each.Yeah...I thought of this after I just bought one at woodcraft this past weekend. Oh well.
Very cool.trc65 said:You can never have too many marking knives or gauges:yes:. I thought that one each was enough until I took part in the marking knife swap and the marking gauge swap. Now I find myself wanting even more of each. Check out the marking gauge swap and the marking knife swap threads for ideas and different styles if you haven't already seen them.
Shouldn't the blade still be hardened?Dave Paine said:I have a couple which look like that. As Firemedic said, mild steel at this point, but can be used for marking gauge etc, just may get dull fast, but such tools are easily sharpened.
Most irons of that style are laminated. Tool steel is laminated to a mild steel or low carbon steel blank. The tool steel will be on what is the back (technically the front) of the iron or rather the non-beveled side.Shouldn't the blade still be hardened?
I think it's a bit of both, actually. The thing to keep in mind with companies like Hock though is they aren't forging. They purchasing tool steel to spec then milling it and hardening and tempering it. Division of labor is cheaper today - Hock can't manufacture and roll steel at a cost a large company can sell it for.So do you think that the reasons modern irons are unlaminated is because labor outpaces material costs so easily these days? Or is it just branding/pride that would have Hock et al. use solid tool steel throughout?