HP-6FX materials

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HP-6FX materials

Postby lapidumvla@google.mail.com » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:34 pm

It seems that the use/overuse of aluminum is getting out of hand on BCTW tools like the HP-6FX. The lack of heft is depressing even compared to the HP-6V2 which I already have. Just by the new look it should be heavier if they made it more expensive. Does anyone know if this tool really have stainless steel parts? . I tried a magnet and there's no iron anywhere. I'm on the brink of returning this piece...
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Re: HP-6FX materials

Postby rwest » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:25 pm


High quality stainless steel is not magnetic. I believe the adjuster mechanisms are stainless. As for the aluminum, I have all the different versions of the HP-6 and feel that they all work fantastic.

Common "folklore" is that a heavy plane works better; after using the HP-10 which feels like it weighs nothing, I was blown away by how well it cut my rabbit.

I think that a plane's light weight would be very welcome during an extended period of cutting molding.

If the plane makes quality cuts, does the material really matter that much?

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