Neck wood came from the USA
Using a toothed blade to flatten due to the flame being prone to tear out
With wood like this important to keep a sharp blade.
I grind a hollow in the blade with an old tormek but don’t regrind the edge unless it’s chipped and then just free hand sharpen on Japanese Waterstones (the hollow makes this easy). I bought the tormek off eBay fairly cheap and I am very impressed with it . It’s pretty safe, easy to grind square and about as fast as a normal grinder
now smoothed with a smoothing plane . The blank is still just a tad over a mm too thick but will allow for any additional movement of I need to reflatten