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Ray Iles D2 Replacement Plane Irons
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  Replacement Parts for Stanley and Other Tools
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 1 3/8" with 5/8" slot for modern Stanley Nos. 60 1/2 ($27.95) Temporarily Sold Out
 1 5/8" with 5/8" slot for modern Stanley Nos. 9 1/2 ($27.95) In Stock
 1 3/4" wide for Stanley Nos. 3, 5 1/4 ($43.95) In Stock
 2" wide for Stanley Nos. 4,5 ($49.95) In Stock
 2 1/4"" wide for Stanley No 4 1/2 (early version) ($52.95) Temporarily Sold Out
 2 3/8"" wide for Stanley No 4 1/2 (later version), 5 1/2, 6, 7 ($52.95) In Stock
We first came across D2 as an alloy for plane irons in Ray Iles’ infill plane. Ray has really pioneered D2 as an alloy in edge tools. We found that the edge retention exceeded A2 by a welcome measure, and of course way out-performed the standard carbon steel irons that we were used to. We also think we got a "sweeter" edge but that could be our imagination. D2 as an alloy is tougher than A2, and slightly more difficult to sharpen. However, we typically hollow grind everything and use Norton water stones for final sharpening with no real worries. We have found that D2 seems to not sharpen well on Shapton ceramic stones, but on regular Norton, Naniwa, Ice Bear, and King stones they hone up fine. We suggest a bevel angle of about 30 degrees.

The bench plane irons are all around 0.115" thick and the block plane irons are about 0.100". The extra thickness over a standard Stanley iron and the general solidity of the alloy creates an iron that performs fantastically. Made in England.  
Customer Reviews:

Very pleased

By: Jesse (Sep, 2014)

This blade is very hard, and keeps its edge much longer than my high carbon blades. I had to slightly alter my sharpening method because the burr rolls easier. Now that I'm aware of the roll, I can pull it from my plane, and have it shaving hair in about the same time as my HCS. Anecdotal, and don't try this, but I ran through some staples on accident. They chipped my HCS, but barely dented the D2 edge. There are a few other alloys I want to try in my planes, but at the moment, D2 is king of my shop.
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