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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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On 8/11/2022 at 5:19 PM, John Morris said:

How do you like their scrapers Woodman?

John, I finally did a little research. My Bahco and a newly-acquired (used) Clifton have held burrs really well, while my LN is more difficult for me to consistently burr correctly.


I think it is the steel. Medium-Carbon Steel vs LN's High Carbon Steel. So the Clifton and Bahco may be easier for me to dress, as the steel is a little softer.


For a novice, like me, easier is better. Better still is picking the brains of the older woodworkers. 


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LN reports their new $25/pair price is probably here to stay. The days of $15/pair, a memory.


The Bahco (Portugal) is currently under $10 delivered: SnapOn 474-150-0.80 Bahco 6-Inch Cabinet Scraper.  That includes a handy plastic sleeve. The strong dollar has also dropped the price of brass mini-bar clamps (YAMASUKE Kurashige Tools) from Japan.


If I ever have access to a really powerful and clean hydraulic sheer, I'll likely sacrifice an old Disston saw blade and slice out a dozen in various sizes.

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