This morning I started the prep work on the irons. I filed them square, cut them to length and width and filed them to final width, square and smooth.
The picture below is a Bahco hacksaw and blade I use. I’ve cut several irons out of that particular blade and it is still sharp.
Look at how thin I can cut with a good quality blade. Normally, that would be a lot of filing to do, but thanks to a company that cares for its reputation, I’ve just cut my work time in half.
Last night when I included Portugal in the list of cronies I knew Bahco line of products are made there. But I had Irwin in mind at the time of writing as I believed their Auger bits were made in Portugal, but they’re not. They’re made in Brazil. The other reason I included Portugal was because of a buddy of mine in the corporate world several years back said many companies are moving to Portugal because labour is cheap. This statement and Irwin products has been stuck in my head for years since and last night I stood corrected.
Getting back to Irwin, quality control must be non-existent in Brazil or they don’t give a rat’s arse, it’s one or the other.
Some poor clueless soul buys this set from Amazon for US$190 without ever bothering to read the reviews and find out later that they’ve been stung. That’s what the reviews are there for. Consumers go out of their way by leaving a review to help shed some light to the dark cloud of marketing self promoting jargon they put on themselves and their products. Here read the reviews for yourselves. See what’s been said about Irwin Auger bits. Not all Irwin products are bad, the quick grip are ok and work well.
Last night was a letdown for me. I opened the package I paid dearly for on the belief and trust that this product is what the packaging reads. “Precision Ground Flat Stock” and “Made with Precision” What I ask is their definition of precision and what do they exclude from it? If this was made in Vietnam, India, China, Burma, Indonesia then I would have myself to blame. This was made in Sheffield, England so I expect it to be of the utmost highest quality as if it came directly out of Santa’s workshop and we all know Santa makes the best stuff
Nothing will change, companies like governments will continue to disappoint its people, which reminds me of what Chris Schwarz once said “If voting mattered it would be made illegal.” Same with this post, if any of our rants mattered, blogs would be erased and some new law passed against them would be in place.
To me it matters not what I make, but how I make it. Maybe that’s a line I read somewhere or I just thought of, but that’s how I approach everything I do in life. If it takes me all day or all month so be it, it’s not coming out of this shop unless it’s done right. Here is the end result before the initial shaping of the profile. I will finish all the moulding planes like this before profiling them. Notice the curve on top, this practice was stopped after the 18th century.
So Portugal I stand corrected.