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John, I have three brands of scraper, no practical knowledge or experience in qualities of tool steel, and a very short experience history.


But the steel punched out by LN appears to be a finer quality than my Crown and Bahco scrapers. The Crown in particular, at least mine, seems to lose burr more quickly than LN. I've got a special deal later in the month on three Clifton scrapers; more for the mix.


The LN were $15 a pair for the longest time. Free advertising for the company; who does not like a new scraper, inexpensive enough to gift budding woodsmiths your older ones. Bummer, LN Hand Scraper Set 1-HSet is now $25.


Overall, most important may be focused dressing of the scrapers. Filing off the entire old burr, accurately squaring up the edges, a wipe with 3-in-1, then consistent burnisher action. Consistent so that if one area is not as nice as others, you can cypher out possible reasons, learn for next time.


I recommend a period a self-study into Rockwell Hardnesses for anyone who wants to know more about their edged tools.


The more you look, the more you notice. It is interesting that I've finally noticed that the older of my two LN .032" [the thicker] scrapers has a dip in the middle of its long edge. Time for the file in its jig.

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On 8/12/2022 at 10:10 AM, Woodman said:

appears to be a finer quality than my Crown and Bahco scrapers.

The Portuguese-made Bahco was purchased on vacation from Woodcraft, and I never got a good burr on it. But back home, dressed and stored, it finally went into rotation. And I'm definitely impressed. It is holding the burr against aggressive shaving of hard yellow pine!

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