I've decided to go for a serious #4 Smooth to replace my $35,
15-year-old Stanley. After years of tuning the plane and refining my
technique, I feel like I'm at the point where better hardware will
make a difference.
I've been looking at Lie-Nielsen and Veritas as candidates. The L-N
seems to have the reputation of being the best on the planet. But I
see some very good opinions voiced about the Veritas too (it seems to
get high marks for its easy adjustability), and I've always been
pretty impressed with Veritas tools.
I'm mostly a power-tool guy, not a neander (otherwise I'd have been
asking this question ten years ago). I'm coming more and more to
appreciate the pleasure and pride of a job done with muscle power and
a sharp blade, but I wonder whether I'd really appreciate the
difference between the $300-$350 L-N and the $215 Veritas, or be
equally happy forever with either one.
Anybody care to offer experience and/or opinion? I'd especially like
to hear from somebody who's familiar with both and can offer a
comparison, but all advice is welcome.
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