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Tools and Techniques => Hand Tools => Topic started by: ChuckH on September 04, 2019, 09:21:32 PM

Title: Blade angle on Norris A5
Post by: ChuckH on September 04, 2019, 09:21:32 PM
I finally broke down and sprung for a Norris A5 smoother, a plane that I have always admired and coveted. Found a gem on ebay, great condition, original and reasonable price. No surprises when it arrived, but of course the blade needs some work. When I measured the current blade angle I found it to be around 40 degrees. Now, just about every plane blade and chisel in my shop is ground at 25 Deg. and  I can only imagine what kind of gnarly stuff someone was working with that would require 40 Deg. But before I started grinding away I thought I would inquire here to see if anyone could tell me what would have been the blade angle of an A5 right out of the box?


Thanks, Chuck   
Title: Re: Blade angle on Norris A5
Post by: CStanford on October 07, 2020, 07:36:55 AM
The grinding angle would likely have been around 25 degrees, with the expectation of the user honing at 30* or so.