What Is An Iron? What Is A Plane Iron?

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In wood-working terminology, the term an iron usually refers to a plane blade / plane cutter.

The use of the term 'an iron' or a 'plane iron' is an old traditional term first related to wooden planes.

This term particularly relates to the wooden planes of the 18th, 19th and the 20th century.

The use of the term 'iron' also applied to infill planes, transitional planes and iron planes.

Another term used was 'cutting iron' or 'cutter iron'. This term was sometimes used for smaller plane irons such as on block planes, bullnose planes and shoulder planes.

The term 'an iron' or a 'plane iron' is still commonly used today however plane irons are now increasingly referred to or listed in tool catalogues as plane blades or plane cutters.


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