By: Mike Wingate
Posted: 9 August 2011
I bought a 2" version of these 20 years ago. I was really pleased to find that the new 2 3/8" blade wa the same make. Not too difficult to sharpen. It takes a real mirror finish to the rear. With an 8000 ceramic stone to give it a honing angle it cuts like a dream. I matched it with a Quangsheng chipbreaker. Better than my Stanley?Record blades. Nearly the equal of the Rob Cosman, but it fits any Stanley/Record without any changes to the mouth, frog, etc.The cutting edge lasts, but it is slightly brittle, so no nails.
By: Andrew Chantrill
Posted: 31 October 2010
This blade has transformed an old 'Rapier' smoother. The blade was so sharp out of the packet that it shaves end-grain mahogany into slivers one can read through!
My blade appeared well ground and polished, although I haven't yet measured the angle. The only downside: I'm finding it harder to justify a Lie-Nielsen or Veritas.
By: Richard Baines
Posted: 16 April 2007
Having bought a vintage Stanley No.7 jointer in great condition and cleaned it up, I decided it deserved a brand new blade so picked up a 2 3/8" version of one of these. It comes covered in a rust preventing film, and with an adequately sharp edge already ground so you can start planing away without worrying about sharpness. The only flaw I can pinpoint is the grinding is not to my taste, it's ground to 30 degrees and the bevel is just slightly off being square to the sides. Both of these can be fixed, but a blade with a 25 degree and 100% square bevel would've got 5 stars instead of 4. The blade does as advertised in holding a very sharp edge, producing scarily thin shavings, and the edge retention is also great, both these are definately instantly noticeable as being superior to the stock Stanley blade. Overall I'm quite pleased with the blade and it's value for money, and I think in time I'll upgrade all my Bailey's to use one of these.