I got the new Hock blade and chip breaker in the mail Wednesday evening. It took me about a half hour to flatten the back and hone the bevel. It’s not yet singing like I had hoped. I think I still need to do some work on the plane to get it working well.
I had the same trouble with my Hock blade and it is almost always operator error. Once I got the blade truly sharp the plane needs fettling because the Hock irons and chip breaker are noticeably thicker and require resetting the plane to compensate for that thickness.
@oltexasboy – I’ve gotten the Hock blade to work fine now, Michael. But like you said the plane needed a bit more fettling. I’m thinking lately that after a few years of use, I should look back at all my older planes to make sure the soles are flat, mouths are set properly, frogs are flat and mate well with the body, etc. I just noticed the other day that the sole of the #6 that I use for shooting end grain is not flat. I’ve got to work on that and re-look at my other planes now that I’ve got a few years under my belt and know much better what to look for. I’d urge all of us to do the same if we haven’t re-fettled our planes since we were new to this.
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