I dug out one of my rehab projects the other day, and did some more with it. I have this old Stanley #7 in need of some TLC. I took it apart to clean out the gunk, and flattened the surfaces where metal meets metal. Things were pretty rough, but cleaned up pretty well. All in all I was feeling pretty good about it, until I got to the blade.
Ugh. No amount of grinding on the stone is going to fix this blade. There is so much pitting on the back, I could sharpen for ages and it will have some nicks somewhere. I’m giving up on this one, and asking for advice how to upgrade this to a better blade.
Does anyone have any suggestions on a good replacement blade? I’ve always heard of Hock blades, but have never tried fitting a bigger blade in an old plane before. I’ve also seen a few new blades being offered from Woodcraft and Lee Valley that might be worth looking into.
Here is the rest of the body and parts.
I think this plane has a lot of life left, but that blade has to go. I’m going to give the rest of the body a solid cleaning, and see what I can get out it. The body is pretty solid, no cracks and a pretty flat sole. It will be a solid user once I get a new blade.