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    Matt Sims
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    Folks,

    I’m at the stage where I think I could make good use of card scrapers.
    My question is, are they something I need to buy, ie something special going on in the manufacturing process, or could I just use an old bit of metal…

    I’ve got an old, (5 years or so, pre my “Sellers” discovery!), hardpoint saw that is now blunt. Is there any point in me trying to cut a piece of metal from that and sharpening it to be a scraper, or do I just bite the bullet and purchase, e.g. https://www.axminster.co.uk/bahco-474-cabinet-scraper-ax898837

    Thaks in advance.
    Regards,
    Matt

    #518513
    Larry Geib
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    A hard point saw plate is a bad idea.the induction hardened areas ( more than just the teeth, oft times) prevent filing and turning an edge.

    And while it is certainly possible to use a sharpenable plate for a scraper, I’d say it’s a bad idea your first time out. The hardness may not be right, the plate may not be straight, and the plate may not have the ductility required to turn the edge. As a first time user, you would have no idea if it is the plate or your technique that is at fault if you have trouble turning the edge.

    Buy a good card scraper. The old Sandviks were the best. The new Bahco replacements are good, but not quite as good, imo.

    #518553
    Matt Sims
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    Thanks…
    All points noted and taken on board!
    Regards,
    Matt

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