I believe they are O1 but I stand to be corrected.richarddownunder":yyekd4va said:Interested to know how you find the Ray Iles irons - D2 I believe.
I actually found I did need to slightly open up the mouth of the number 5 as even with the frog right back it was closed up to fine for heavy work.Bm101":2swwphgs said:I have a couple of those Iles irons that I bought off here. One to replace a short iron in an old 5 I bought. The other is still in the bag but will fit a wider plane like a 4 1/2. Heres my very amateur thoughts. Again, I qualify as someone who enjoys hand work but at the lowest order of experience so be warned.
The irons are great. O1. For my needs that's the perfect steel tbh without getting sidetracked. Im guessing why it's so often used. As people get more experienced they may develop other needs of course.
The irons are well finished and the winner is that they are a bit thicker but not so much thicker that :
1. You don't need to open the mouth. 2. They are not so thick that sharpening is a drawback.
3. The extra thickness probably helps with chatter and so on but I don't know so I'm not going to pretend to. Even I would guess most of that is eliminated via other means of fettling/ setting a plane with experience.
4.That actually they are not much thicker than original stanley irons.
5. The difference ( I think) comes when you add an Iles cap iron. That's the muscle. All of a sudden you have a leaning towards an expensive LN type setup for the cost of a LN plane sock or some such nonsense with a cheap well set up bailey. Its clever.
Not trying to convince anyone I'm right because I honestly have no idea if I am but it seems to be smart thinking. On my very best set up and favourite plane (the 5) I'd still get occasions where wood got stuck between the iron and cap on occasion. Sure it was user error but still. With this I don't. You lock it in and it stays there. It's engineered better in my opinion.
No 5 with Iles and 41/2 original. They both cut ok tbh. Maybe if you are very experienced it's night and day but not for me in practice.
Hope its helpful. Or well intentioned at the very least lol.