New Swiss Plane??

I saw something on the DIYnetwork last night. It was showing the evolution of hand tools from hundreds of years ago to now. One interesting plane that was showed was a new hand plane made in switzerland. It had a sole make of laminated steel. It also had a variety of disposable blades. The blades inserted easily.
Apparently the thinking behind it was that cheap knockoffs of traditional designs simply did not work well. And expensive, quality planes were beyond the price range for many woodworkers. So this is supposedly a quality plane made for a reasonable price.
Sounds like it might work. I just never heard of it or seen it. Maybe it is only available in Europe and not the US.
Any comments or direct experiences anybody?
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Lee,
Is this the one you saw?
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"Dave - Parkville, MD" wrote
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Lee,
Is this the one you saw?
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That is the company, RALI. I saw the full size plane on the show.
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Lee Michaels wrote:

They appear to have block, smoothing, and rabbeting plane. They're not particularly inexpensive. The availablility of carbide blades is interesting though.
I noticed that the sides are fastened on with screws, making them impossible to use on a shooting board.
The handles are plastic, which offends me for some reason.
Chris
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I work for a Swiss company and travel there once or twice a year. I've gone out looking for tools a few times but never came across any good shops. The company is sort of out in the sticks. I think someday I'll come across that set of chisels and be a very happy man.
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rali planes seem to review like this:
they work about as well as a moderately well tuned up stanley/bailey plane, but no better and not much you can do to improve things. if you buy rali's resharpenable blades and their sharpening jig you can get the blade sharper than the disposables, which does help a little. the big advantage to rali planes is the total simplicity of setting up, so if you don't mind the expensive consumables and have no intention of learning how to tune up/maintain planes and don't need really good performance it might be for you.
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Rali, they've been around for years (10-20 ish).
IMHO, they're no use for woodworking or neandering at all. The blades are sharpened at the wrong angle and the planes aren't especially rigid at holding them. When I can buy a cast iron bodied plane for tuppence anyway, great new innovations in stamping it from sheetmetal just don't have much to offer.
One thing they're _possibly_ useful for is that they also offer a carbide blade, and this can make a useful block plane for work on some man-made laminates that are so abrasive a carbon steel iron doesn't last long in use against them.
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First saw them some 7 years ago at the woodworking show(s) in chicago. Gave it a glance, moved on to the new, better, shinier, prettier, etc... stuff.
jc

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