A small smoothing plane, little bigger than a block plane, with a 43mm wide laminated blade of blue paper steel backed with soft iron. This plane is fitted with a chipbreaker (a relatively recent innovation in Japanese planes) but it can be used without.
This shorter version is a true smoothing plane - perfect for cleaning up slight low spots within a board. If you want to practice setting up a plane for ultra-thin wispy shavings this plane would be an appropriate choice, although I would suggest starting with something easier like a rebate plane and then working up to smoothers.
Body length: 150mm
- Body width: 55mm
- Blade width: 42mm
- Edge width: 36mm
This is an excellent series of videos by Sumokun that explains the process of setting up a Kanna in English (watch the first video, then the third, then the second).