Shoulder planes and rabbet/rebate planes have irons which extend
just outside the body of the plane - on both sides. And what extends
outside the body of the plane also has a nice square corner.
Now even the Veritas shoulder planes lack a real - be able to grab
it - handle so the gripping position other than the Push It mode
can be "adaptive" - figure out some way to hold this thing where
you want it - then pull or push it - somehow.
And it doesn't take long to forget that these planes have that
little bit of sharp edge - and that nice sharp corner - waiting
to bite you as you try and find a grip for some weird planing
need. Because the edge and corner are so sharp, I only realize
I've managed to once again slice my finger - when the blood stains
on the wood become noticable. The slice is never deep - just deep
enough to a) draw blood and b)be irritating for a day or two.
During those few Did It Again sensativity periods I get real careful
of my grip. But somehow, once the "reminder" goes away - I forget
- and often Do It Again.
Have you got a tool that bites you on a regular basis - not hard
or deep - but enough to be annoying - for a few days?