I'm looking for good blades with chip breakers for wooden hand planes.
I plan to teach a class with local woodworkers in building a hand plane. Having a problem locating a source for reasonably priced blades. There is the Hock, of course, but at $41 they are a bit $ for a first time beginner at tool making. There are also English imports but they are $58 and the chip breaker is about $30 on top of that. Garrett Wade has a suitable 1 7/8" blade blade at $18 but the manufacturer (in the Czech Republic) has discontinued them. They do have some 2 3/8" blades but they are way too wide for a small plane.
Please don't advise cutting them down.
Anybody know of any other sources? I've been searching but have come up with no likely alternatives.
I need about 7 or 8 sets and I would prefer blades that are 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" wide.
[ 10-26-2004, 03:55 PM: Message edited by: Tom Lathrop ]