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Stanley Australia HSS (high speed steel) blades
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"Made in Australia" Stanley blades in their original packing.
I find these HSS blades are EXTREMELY good on some of our "Silicon Rich" Eucalypt hardwoods.
The product codes and sizes of the samples shown here are :-
Standard high grade alloy steel - GK.133.12 45mm (1 3/4 inch, for #3)
High Speed Steel Tip - GK.136.03 51mm (2 inch, for #4 &5 )
Standard high grade alloy steel - GK.133.16 60mm (2 3/8 inch, for #6, 7 etc)
#4 size HSS blade, #4 HSS blade in original display pack, #3 size "Standard" blade in original cardboard display pack. The tops of the cardboard sleeves are folded across the sharp end, and they were packed 6 to a box...see the pack of 6 "Standard" blades for #4 & #5.
scans show the front and back of the Standard and HSS blade packing
sleeves. On the back, curiously, are the same instructions for sharpening
I use a grey silicon carbide wheel, cooling often, and find honing on a fine diamond "stone" the best method.
|Labels and codes on two boxes of 6 blades.|
|Made in Australia logo.|
|Join line on the HSS tipped blade appears to be either a silver solder joint, or brazing alloy. It is a very pale milky-bronze colour, so my best guess is low melting point silver solder.|
|One out of a plane on my bench.|
|One of the spares....|
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