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...