Check here http://www.stjamesbaytoolco.com /. I don't see one listed, but
their other blades and irons are reasonably priced. You'll probably have to
send them an email to see if they have or can get #8 parts. I'm sure they
There, I just called and he will make the blade alone for $30 using a very basic
heat treating method and oil quenching using O-1 tool steel. What he lists is
is Stanley original stock, at those prices.
After looking for a cap iron for a number of years at garage sales and flea markets
without luck I got the cap iron from Ron Hock. I shouldn't have wasted my time
Buffalo, NY - USA
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$59.00 ?... yikes!
The list price for our #8 blade is $39.00 in high carbon or $49.50 in Cryo
A2. You might find them for less out there but $59.00? Where did you see
them for that much?
And yes, we do have cap irons for the #8 for $24.00.
HOCK TOOLS www.hocktools.com
A good friend of mine sez to me - buy the best and cry only once.
I've gotten carbon steel and cryo/A2 irons from Ron. They are
unmatched in my ten or so years of planing lots and lots and lots of
wood. I have the A2 in a #6. Life is too short to use something less
Expensive is once, cheap is forever.
I thank you. I am considering buying the set, one eBay seller refuses to
make a blade for me until he relocates by January, $9 difference, but he
uses a proper high carbon steel and an advanced method of heat treating
in atmosphere controlled ovens, compared to a "torch".
By the way... me buying the numbah 8 is was the result of your advice in
a previous thread comparing 7 and 8 planes, also mentioned in the B&G
pages, thanks for the rightious influence!
Reminds me of kind of a gloat I reported a while back. Woodcraft had the #8
Hock blade on its clearance rack at 80% off & I paid about $10 for it. Problem
was when I got it home it didn't fit my Miller Falls 18 (a #6 clone) - damn! So
I did the only thing possible, I played on ebay until I bought a #8C for $50 to
go with my $10 blade.
Sorry, didn't answer your question unless you too can find one on a clearance
That's cool, we all make mistakes. The Stanley #8 I just bought is an early type 10
no frog adjustment, and that is not shown at Leach's site. I emailed him about it
digital shot, never answered.
But it was a killer deal as the tag on it said $95, he let me have it for $50. But
iron is too warped to use and the blade has got to be the original one from 1907.It
looks like it might have too much in the way of micro cracks and warping. 24 inches
of ugly beauty and no cracks in the main casting.
Lest this post leaves anyone thinking that we harden our blades with a
That 'advanced method of heat treating in atmosphere controlled ovens' is
actually the standard method of production heat treating and has been for a
long time. The only time anyone uses a torch that I know of would be the
dyer with a one-off small item. Our blades have been hardened in atmosphere
controlled ovens and mar-quenched from the beginning (that's 1982, in case
anyone was wondering).
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