Japanese Planes

Japanese Planes

Tsunesaburo are a third-generation traditional Japanese plane making workshop from Miki city (Japan’s Sheffield). The Japanese planes (kanna) featured here have been recommended as suitable for intermediate level western woodworkers transitioning to Japanese planes for the first time.

Whilst still being relatively affordable, they are professional quality 'lifetime' tools optimised for use on western hardwoods, the blades are laminated from blue paper steel and soft iron, mounted in carefully seasoned white oak bodies. With proper preparation and care they will deliver many years of excellent service.

New Japanese planes are normally delivered 90% finished, with blade fitting, final honing and sole preparation down to the new owner. Tsunesaburo planes are a quite a bit closer than that, having been set up at the factory so that the blade will advance just far enough to take a cut. After allowing the well seasoned timber to acclimatise to your workshop, a tiny amount of scraping on the bed (literally microns) with a scraper chisel might be necessary to fine tune the setting.

Learning these processes forms the foundation of the skills you will need for maintaining your Japanese planes throughout their working life.  There is an excellent series of videos by Sumokun on you tube that explain the process in English (watch the first video, then the third, then the second).

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  1. Tsunesaburo Zousaku Hira Kanna Japanese Jack Plane 55mm

    £149.00
    Tsunesaburo Zousasu Japanese Plane Aogami No. 2 55mm 245 x 70mm...
  2. Tsunesaburo Hina Kanna Japanese Bench Plane 48mm

    £129.00
    Tsunesaburo Hina Kanna Japanese Plane, Aogami No. 2 48mm 210 x 65mm ...
  3. Tsunesaburo Mentori 45° Chamfer Plane

    £129.50
    Tsunesaburo Mentori 45° Chamfer Plane...
  4. Tsunesaburo 9 piece Japanese Kanna Joinery Plane Set

    £269.00

    9 piece set includes

    • Ko Hina Kanna Japanese Smoothing Plane 42 x 150mm Flat
    • Ko Hina Kanna Japanese Smoothing Plane 42 x 180mm Flat
    • Kiwa Kanna Shoulder Plane
    • Kushigata Kanna Japanese Rebate Plane 21mm
    • Kushigata Kanna Japanese Rebate Plane 18mm
    • Soridai Kanna Japanese Compass Plane
    • Shi-Ho-Sori 24mm Japanese Compass Plane
    • Sotomaru Convex Soled Plane 18mm
  5. Tsunesaburo Ko Hina Kanna Japanese Smoothing Plane 42 x 150mm Flat

    £22.50
    Hira Kanna Plane 42 x 150mm Flat ...
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    Tsunesaburo Kushigata Kanna Japanese Rebate Plane 21mm

    £38.50

    A straightforward single iron rebate plane with a conical eye to throw the shaving out sideways. Rebate planes are the workhorses of joinery and mouldings, intended to take a fairly heavy cut and remove bulk waste quickly, the cut is then finished with more finely set and tuned planes like the kiwa kanna or sotomaru.

    For speed and accuracy the blind side of the plane can be run against a batten clamped to the work. Wider planes re...

  7. Tsunesaburo Kushigata Kanna Japanese Rebate Plane 18mm

    £35.50
    Comb shaped Japanese rebate plane 18mm...
  8. Tsunesaburo Kiwa Kanna Shoulder Plane

    £36.50
    Japanese Shoulder Plane...
  9. Tsunesaburo Soridai Kanna Japanese Compass Plane

    £27.50
    Sori 24mm Compass Spoon Plane...
  10. Tsunesaburo Shi-Ho-Sori 24mm Japanese Compass Plane

    £38.50
    Shiho-Sori 24mm Compass Spoon Plane...
  11. Tsunesaburo Sotomaru Convex Soled Plane 18mm

    £35.50
    Sotomaru 18mm Convex Soled Plane...
  12. Tsunesaburo Uchimaru 18mm Concave Soled Plane

    £35.50
    Tsunesaburo Uchimaru 18mm Concave Soled Plane...
  13. Tsunesaburo Aogami Laminated Japanese Plane Iron 50mm (2")

    £44.50
    Tsunesaburo Aogami Plane Blade 50mm (2")...
  14. Tsunesaburo Aogami Laminated Japanese Plane Iron 60mm (2 3/8")

    £46.50
    Tsunesaburo Aogami Plane Blade 60mm (2 3/8")...
  15. Tsunesaburo Scraper

    £14.50
    Tsunesaburo Scraper...
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