Don't ask me how I know this.
The big question now is if it will hold that edge. To find out, I have a little more woodworking to do to finish up the planes. The round needs the mouth opened, they both need the wedges trimmed and shaped, I have to clean up the bodies of the planes, cut them to length and put whatever edge treatments I decide on to them.
Then, they get a workout.
Here are some pics of the round iron. This only took about ten minutes for me to sharpen up freehand. I suspect the hollow will take a little longer when I get around to it.
|Here's the round that is now sharp.|
|It looks like it perhaps it needs a bit more polishing in this close-up.|
|Only the very edge is polished. I don't think there is a benefit to polishing the whole thing.|
|Another glamour shot of the whole thing.|
|I tried punching my last name in these irons when they were still soft. It looks like I need a bit more practice to do that.|
|It looks nice, but will it cut? That is the question.|