Taiwanese style planes have a simple iron secured with a metal wedge very similar to a Japanese chipbreaker, the difference is that on a Japanese plane the iron is held independently and the chipbreaker can be removed or added at will, on a Taiwanese plane it is just there to hold the iron in place.
The very short sole of this plane allows it to follow the contours of the surface and clean up any shallow low spots that the try plane may have left behind. Smoothing planes are typically maintained to a very high standard and reserved for producing the final surface.
The HSS iron is hardened to RC63-64, well within the RC70 that the steel is potentially capable of but still harder than most tool steels. With this heat treatment the HSS delivers a very pleasant balance of edge retention, sharpenability and toughness.
- Length: 105mm
- Width: 58mm
- Bedding Angle: 42.5deg
- Iron: 1-3/4" / 45mm solid HSS