The Quangsheng Luban No.91 shoulder plane is literally a 'shrunk in the wash' smaller version of the No.92, but at this scale the design works astonishingly well.
Narrower and lighter than a Preston 1368 and its derivatives (Record/Clifton 410, Lie Nielsen etc), the Quangsheng, in proportional terms, feels much closer to the original slender cabinetmakers shoulder planes developed by James Syme of London.
The long lever extends beyond the adjuster, preventing inadvertent alterations to the blade setting in use, and the deep swoop at the front provides a nice positive rest for the thumb or forefinger. An adjustable mouth and a clever twin thread adjustment mechanism provide fine control of the blade position.
At five and a quarter inches long, half an inch wide, and weighing 12oz (340g) it is equally easy to use with one hand or two.
The body is cast in unbreakable CR40, with a T10 blade and all other components cast or machined from stainless steel.
Another refinement is that the lever is captive at low tensions, so the plane won't disassemble itself while you are making adjustments.
In short, if this isn't the perfect cabinetmakers shoulder plane, it's very close to it.
Please note that we are unable to ship Quangsheng products to North America due to retail exclusivity restrictions.
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I use this for box making, guitars, and other small work where a larger plane would be unwieldly. The build quality is high, with the only very slight negative being that it needed a hint of fettling to get the adjusting screw to run smoothly - perhaps 5 minutes work total, which is nothing, and probably says more about my OCD tendencies than the plane's quality :). The blade takes and holds a good edge. It took a while to figure out how to hold it due to the size, but it's by no means difficult to use (and far easier than the Veritas miniature planes). It's obviously not a tool for hogging off thick slices of wood, but it excells at trimming small joints and fine clean-up work. Overall, an excellent tool I highly recommend.
Outstanding small shoulder plane I have used it for so much work This is my number 6 quangsheng tool so good tools thanks all at workshop heaven
When I put this plane in my basket I wasn't sure I really needed it but I'm glad that I bought it. The finish is second to none and the adjustment mechanism is spot on. The blade came sharp enough to use out of the box. It produces perfect shavings both across and along the grain. A real pleasure.