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Review Details

Clifton No 5½ Heavy Jack Plane

Clifton No 5½ Heavy Jack Plane

Product Review (submitted on 14 June 2017):
As with the other reviewer, I was in two minds about which premium jack plane to get. Lie Nielsen love is so pervasive (deservedly so) and Clifton's online presence so small and out of date that I was finding it hard to look past the LN 5 1/2. Fortunately I got in touch with Workshop Heaven to ask a few questions about Clifton planes and their detailed response and great customer service really swung it for me.
The Clifton 5 1/2 is a wonderful premium plane. Aesthetically it's a thing of beauty, far better in real life than in the photos. The fit and finish on the plane is as good as you can get and there was very little needed to get it working perfectly . The weight is perfect, heavier than old Stanley's and similar to the LN. This weight gives a real feeling of quality and helps keep the plane registered in use. The o1 steel takes a wicked edge and is a better choice than A2 any day of the week.
I was never a fan of David Charlesworth's 'super smoother' approach but with this on board I'm a convertee. I just need to buy another iron to put a big camber on for waste removal and then I think the Clifton 5 1/2 will be the plane I reach for for most of my planing needs. I can't recommend Clifton, and their 5 1/2 specifically, highly enough.
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