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Thread: New tool steel on the horizon

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Boston, MA

    New tool steel on the horizon

    Saw this mentioned a few days ago elsewhere. The folks at Veritas are developing a new form of tool steel for use in planes & chisels. Supposedly this PVM-11 steel will be similar to A2 steel to sharpen but hold an edge much longer:
    Veritas steel
    Measure with a micrometer, mark with chalk, cut with an axe.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Woodturners have been using what appears to be a similar powdered metal steel in some of their tools, and I can attest to the fact that it's good stuff.
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  3. #3
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    New technology is always upon us. This looks interesting.
    Is it a steel just like the Neanderthals made over campfires in the woods?
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    Does this mean my 30 year old Lee Valley chisels won't work any more? As they say in Quebec, Plus ša change, plus c'est pareil (the more it changes, the more it's the same.)

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  5. #5
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    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    I saw the article. It sure reads good; given the fact that Lee Valley is not one of the"Over braggers" in advertising, it probably is really good.


    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    SW Minnesota
    I recently bought a Veritas Low Angle Block plane and opted for the cutter made from the new steel. I was able to hone it very quickly, and so far, it has stayed sharp through a fair amount of planing white oak end grain! So far I like the material.

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