I wonder what the wisdom is on choosing between a No. 7 and No. 8. I noticed in Rob Cosman's videos that he uses the No. 8, and that he places it in his list of the four essential planes.
If I go for a No. 8 right away, I won't be able to afford a No. 7 for some time, so my question is whether I would miss something there. Or vice-versa, if I go for the No. 7 to start out.
Also, which No. 7 or No. 8? Besides Lie-Nielsen and Anant, I can't find any other No. 8, and there would be a wide range of quality there. For No. 7, it looks like there are more options: Lie-Nielsen, Anant, Clifton, and even some wooden options.
I also realize that my decision might be different than others who use machine tools as well. I'm aiming to keep the AC current to a minimum in the workshop... Andy