Hock chip-breaker, a little review

Hi Folks,
I haven't seen anyone here talk about these, and as I just picked one up, thought I send out a little mini-review.
(usual disclaimer, I'm not affiliated with Hock Tools in any way, other than as a customer).
Anyhoo, just picked up a new Hock iron, and chip breaker for my #7 plane. (available from www.hocktools.com, or www.woodcraft.com). The iron is the standard, not A2 blade. Both were purchased at the Tigard, OR Woodcraft store. (nice people in there ...)
Short story: the chip breaker works, and works well. It's a hefty chunk of steel -- quoted as 3mm thick. I didn't bother to measure it. It was obvious that the backside had already been lapped flat (or at least polished in some fashion) -- there was a nice 'swath' of shiny brite metal in the 'contact area' of the breaker. I didn't do any work on this, just used it directly out of its package.
The iron itself took very little time to flatten. It would've taken a lot less time, if I'd realised sooner that I'd started out on 800 grit paper, instead of the 220 I'd intended. (Stupid me!).
Once the iron was flat, I did the SS thing, and got it nice and sharp. Installed both in the plane. Bingo! Nice curlies, and zero indication of clogging at the iron/breaker interface.
I'm happy with both. I haven't tried any other after-market irons or chip- breakers, so I don't how these compare against any others, but these are definitely a step (or two or three) above standard-issue Stanley.
Hope this is of some use ....
Regards, JT
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John Thomas wrote:

I received a Hock chip breaker for a #8 today.

Yep, before I unwrapped it I thought Ron Hock might have goofed and sent the breaker and an iron. It was just the breaker as ordered. Sweet!

The breaker I received was ground flat but not polished. I had to knock the burr off the edge.

I haven't tried a Hock iron yet, but I agree. Breaker for a #8 aren't all that common. Ron doesn't list them on his web site or in his literature. When I email Ron he said he could provide one. I believe it was a "one off" item.
Thanks Ron.
-- Jack Novak Buffalo, NY - USA
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