It is considered to be as much of an upgrade as a high end blade by most
folks. It virtually eliminates blade chatter. Popular Woodworking has a
short piece this month on two other cap irons, Hock and LN. They are both
over $20. They say all three make a big difference in the plane, and rate
them all about equal.
Between sending my post and reading yours, I got around to reading the
Popular Woodworking that I'd bought a couple of days ago, and I saw
Thanks for the pointer. I bought the last two 2 inch versions (for my
#4 and #5), and two 2-3/8 inchers for my #4-1/2 and #7.
I'm going to have to buy some serious irons one of these days, along
with an investment in better sharpening stuff.
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