The Janka conundrum

Who, I wonder, finally got to decide on the optimal size of the ball? Were there boardroom arguments? Internet flame wars? Did Betamax lose (metaphorically speaking)?

“The Janka hardness test measures the resistance of a type of wood to withstand denting and wear. It measures the force required to embed an 11.28 mm (0.444 in) steel ball into wood to half the ball’s diameter.”

Oh, and who wrote this? I mean, either we’re measuring “the resistance of a type of wood to denting and wear” or “the ability of a type of wood to withstand denting and wear” – but “the resistance of a type of wood to withstand”? That’s gobbledygook (which my spell checker just corrected for me, mirabile visu…)

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