I guess I'm continuing down the slope towards neander-hood, as I just
bought my first metal bench plane at an auction (pre-WWII Stanley #4).
I have a couple of Steve Knight woodies, and I enjoy them very much,
but wanted to try out the metal variety. Anyway, I cleaned and lapped
and polished and sanded and finished and waxed the thing until I
thought it looked pretty good, and got a LN chipbreaker and LV blade.
(If you're interested, before and after photos can be seen at
It works great too! Still getting used to it, of course, but
definitely having fun making fluffy shavings. In my limited
experience, I think I'd have to say the Knight planes do a little
better with reversing grain, but maybe I'm just more used to them, and
I also haven't honed the LV blade yet. (OK, so that was sort of a
shameless plug for a guy I've never met...)
Anyway, to get to my question, I'm having trouble finding a comfortable
way to grip this #4 tote. Specifically, my knuckles are hitting the
blade depth adjustment knob. Anyone else have this problem? Would the
slightly thicker blade/chipbreaker have anything to do with that? Any
way I can adjust this?
Thanks for your help or comments,