I just picked up a Stanley #80 and was wanting to pick up a couple of spare
blades for it. I have two questions:
Are the Stanley #80 and the Veritas #80 blades interchangeable?
How significant a difference in performance between the Hock and Veritas
Check the dimensions. As long as it comes through the slot and mostly fills it
side to side, it should work, Stanley has all the parts for the 80 except the
blade. Go figure.
A buddy of mine has the Hock in his 80, and actually thinks the blade is too
stiff. IIRC the Hock blades are in the upper 50's to lower 60's Rockwell C.
He seems to have a hard time making good shavings with it. My 80 has a blade
made from an old hand saw blade, and according to some lit I read, this has a
hardness around 45-50 Rockwell C.
At one of our hand tool meetings with the topic devoted to scrapers we made some
side by side comparisons. Maybe it is our technique, but we both found my blade
easier to sharpen and turn a burr than the Hock.. Maybe if we could figure out
how to get his to cut we would find it lasts longer than mine. I'd expect a
harder blade to last longer.
If you've got some old hand saw blades, you might try them. Mine measures about
0.040 inch, which is about the same thickness as the Hock. Peachtree makes a
hand scraper that is 0.040 and can be trimmed to fit an 80. Don't know how well
it will work, but only about $5 if you want to experiment.
Thanks, Roy, that is exactly the type of information I was looking for.
Veritras has a few blades for the #80 Stanley left in stock for about six
bucks, but when they are gone, they're gone. I may just grab a couple and
then play with some others.
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