Topic: Microplanes...Have they a use in reedmaking?
[I'm a raw recruit to double reeds (although not single reeds) so if my question is stupid, childish, off the wall, or otherwise unworthy of consideration, please don't be too critical. Actually I've found over my extended lifetime that crazy ideas sometimes find a permanent and valuable place in the relevant scheme of things! :-) :-) And so, on to my question. ]
Would a microplane work as a reed scraper?
If you're not familiar with these, they're flat pieces of thin, high quality, sheet steel with many small raised cutting surfaces in various grades from course to fine. The latter are often used to do very delicate detail work on wood. They produce very thin shavings and are easy to control.
One considerable advantage of a microplane is, it never needs sharpening. If one wears out, and I've never faced this in woodworking, you just throw it away and get another one. Quite inexpensive.
But cane and grass are not wood! Maybe there'd be a problem there.
Fred Sterns [Maryland]