I see that LV has added a couple new block planes to their line.
(Also discussed in Mr. Ferrarri - Meet Mr. Stanley, etc..) They are
certainly different looking animals, no question. But looks aside,
are these planes going to function better than the current blocks they
make? My guess is that they've realized that there is a large market
for collectable tools - helped by the success of their stainless edge
trimming plane - and are going to be introducing more tools of this
nature. I just hope that they continue to offer high quality working
tools at a fair price.
That said, I see that they've introduced a western dovetail saw at
$65, which seems eminently reasonable. Good on ya, Lee Valley.
I fear change.
Veritas is noted for paying attention to details - with emphasis on
functionality and ease of use - set screws on the sides to make
realigning the iron after sharpening. Note there is a pin added that
keeps the Norris type iron adjuster that keeps it from coming out of
the body of the plane. Note that the knurled nobs are slightly rounded
so there's no hard edges. More about the thoughtful details here
There are some functional improvements:
1) rust-resistant body on the higher-end version
2) setscrew to keep from bashing the nose piece into the blade
3) retainer screw on the adjuster mechanism
4) enclosed nose (so you can't accidentally hit the nose and change your
5) possibly a better "fit" to the hand...I'd have to use one for a while
to be sure
On the downside, there's less side registration if you want to shoot
with it, and there's no O1 blade available.
They are (to both). There are four planes coming out for underl $100 in
the next year, and there will also be additional premium planes as well
as at least one more backsaw.
Rob Lee has said that a huge demand for the premium block plane would be
a problem...their margins are too slim.
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