Quangsheng Low Angle Block Plane

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£79.50

Quangsheng Low Angle Block Plane (Type 3)

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Excellent plane. Review by Nicolaas Yme
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I'm a shipwright and a long time user of the Veritas low angle block plane. However, for some applications it's just a bit too wide so I wanted to buy another narrower low angle block plane and I settled on the Quangsheng after reading good reviews about it. The first thing I did after receiving it was to check how flat the sole was. The mouth plate was quite a bit lower than the rest of the body (0.3 mm) but some 120 grit sand paper fixed that nicely. It took me about 10 minutes of sanding and the sole was dead flat. Matthew told me this was the first after hundreds that he has sold that had this problem which I consider a good track record. And it's no big deal, really, because it's just a one time thing. Apart from this very minor and easily fixed defect the overall quality is excellent. The casting is very clean and well machined with some good weight to it. It feels very solid. The bedding for the blade is large for good support and the cap iron has a pleasant shape. The blade itself is also very good. It's very easy to sharpen and takes a wicked edge. Edge retention is what you would expect from a carbon steel blade. It's not as tough as A2 or PM-V11 but this is mitigated by the fast sharpening. All it takes is a few strokes on the King 1200 followed by the Sigma 6000 and you're good to go. I sharpen the blade in under a minute. On to the adjuster. It was a bit coarse at first and I suspected it had some sharp edges on the flange around the stem of the adjuster. After a few days of use it was broken in and now it's nice and smooth. Overall I'm very happy with this very well made plane and in terms of quality it can compete with the best of them. Another nice thing about it is that the body isn't made from regular ductile iron but CR40 steel. This is basically a Chrome Molybdenum steel with a Chromium content of about 1%. This makes it reasonably corrosion resistant which is nice for people with sweaty hands. So, if you want a very good black plane that doesn't break the bank, take the advice of this shipwright with 21 years of experience and buy this plane. (Posted on 23/12/2016)

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