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Sharpening: A2 vs. O1 Steel
The A2 steel has added chromium so it stays sharp longer. Part eight of this 8-part series answering your questions about sharpening.
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The founder and director of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking answers questions from readers about keeping hand-tool blades sharp–with demonstrations and explanations of time-saving techniques.
Question: What’s the difference between A2 and O1 steel? Is one more difficult to sharpen?
‘Kretzer,’ via Knots
Videos in the Series
Sharpening: The Scary Sharp MethodMarch 26, 2008
Sharpening Curved Blade EdgesMarch 27, 2008
Sharpening: Honing GuidesMarch 27, 2008
Burnishing a Gooseneck ScraperMarch 27, 2008
Sharpening: Hollow Grind or Flat Grind?March 28, 2008
Sharpening: Stropping BladesMarch 28, 2008
Sharpening: Different Bevel AnglesMarch 28, 2008
Sharpening: A2 vs. O1 SteelMarch 28, 2008
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