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Japanese Planes: Smoothing Planes, Jack Planes, Jointer Planes

Japanese Planes: Smoothing Planes, Jack Planes, Jointer Planes

Japanese planes are not ready for use. They require some tuning before you can start planing. Detailed instructions how to tune up a Japanese plane you find in Toshio Odate’s book: Japanese Woodworking Tools. Click on the images to see a magnified view!

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Bench Plane with White Oak Body
Bench Plane with White Oak Body
with chip breaker
Economy grade. The ideal plane for the beginner! Blade is bedded at an angle of 40°.
Blade width: 50 mm
Size of body: 235 x 62 x 34 mm
Order nr. 310438CartPrice € 54.00

Bench Plane with White Oak Body
with chip breaker
Economy grade. The ideal plane for the beginner! Blade is bedded at an angle of 40°.
Blade width: 65 mm
Size of body 273 x 81 x 36 mm
Order nr. 310436CartPrice € 64.00

Click here to see a translucent chip made with this plane.
Japanese Smoothing Plane with White Oak Body
Japanese Smoothing Plane with White Oak Body
This plane comes from the small smithy Takakatsu, which is specialised in supplying schools and woodworking classes. With this plane you can expect a decent quality at a very low price. Blade made of two layers of carbon steel which is easy to sharpen. Great plane for beginners and professionals who do not want to spend money for a high end plane! Blade is bedded at an angle of 40°.
Sole of this plane

Blade width: 65 mm
Size of body: 272 x 83 x 35 mm
Currently not in stock!
Price € 79.00
Japanese Bench Plane with longer Body - by Nomizu Mokko
Japanese Bench Plane with longer Body
Mamehira Nagadai
by Nomizu Mokko

The body of these planes are longer in proportion to the respective blade width compared with other planes.

The iron is made of a laminate, with the cutting edge of "Blue Paper Steel". This steel is perfectly suited for plane blades. We recommend that the blade be flattened and honed on a fine whetstone before use, and it may also be necessary to increase the size of the mouth, particularly in the width. The body is of fine grained white oak. Blade is bedded at an angle of 40°.

Maker: Master Nomizu Mokko in Sanjo, Niigata Province!

Mamehira Nagadai Blade Width 42 mm
Size of body 242 x 58 x 26 mm
Order nr. 315610CartPrice € 109.00

Mamehira Nagadai Blade Width 48 mm
Size of body 259 x 65 x 28 mm
Currently not in stock!
Price € 119.00

Mamehira Nagadai Blade Width 54 mm
Size of body 259 x 70 x 29 mm
Order nr. 315612CartPrice € 133.00

Mamehira Nagadai Blade Width 60 mm
Size of body 275 x 75 x 29 mm
Currently not in stock!
Price € 149.00
KEIZABURO Smoothing Plane with White Oak Body
"Keizaburo" Smoothing Plane with White Oak Body
and hand forged Blue Steel Nr. 1 (Aogami) blade made by Master Keisuke Uchihashi. The blade is bedded at 40°.
View from rear side
View blade from mirror side and chipbreaker from top
View blade from bevel side and chipbreaker from bottom
Signature
Have a look into the smithy of Keisuke Uchihashi
Comes in paper box

"Keizaburo" Smoothing Plane Blade Width 60 mm
Size of body 290 x 75 x 35 mm
Currently not in stock!
Price € 329.00
"Keizaburo" Smoothing Plane Blade Width 65 mm
Size of body 290 x 83 x 35 mm
Order nr. 315801CartPrice € 379.00

"Keizaburo" Smoothing Plane Blade Width 70 mm
Size of body 290 x 90 x 35 mm
Order nr. 315802CartPrice € 419.00
Smoothing Plane "TORYO HOMARE" with White Oak body
Smoothing Plane "TORYO HOMARE"
with White Oak body

and Blue Steel blade (Aogami).

"TORYO HOMARE" means: "Honor of master carpenter".
This plane was produced by master smith Takeo Nakano in Yoita, Niigata Province. The iron is a laminate. The cutting edge is made of the very hard "Aogami" steel (Blue Steel Nr. 1), with a softer iron, "Nama-ji", welded to it for strength and to ease sharpening. Nakano used iron from a 19th century bridge for the "Nama-ji".

Master Nakano has been a blacksmith all his life. He is not interested in technical tables on proper working temperatures for the various kinds of steel: he works only from experience and feel. For example, he believes that the weather strongly affects the properties of the metal he is working, and he likes to work at night, so as to better judge the forging process by the color of the glowing iron and steel. The blade is bedded at 40°.
Larger pictures and a view into the smithy

Comes in nice wooden box
Body size 288 x 89 x 35 mm (11-3/8 x 3-1/2 x 1-3/8 in.)
Iron thickness at butt end: 9 mm (3/8 in.)
Iron thickness near edge: 6 mm (1/4 in.)
Width of iron: 70 mm (2-3/4 in.)
Order nr. 310802CartPrice € 359.00
Naga-Dai-Kanna - Japanese Jointer Plane
Naga-Dai-Kanna - Japanese Jointer Plane
with White Oak body and hand forged blade.
by Master Tsunesaburo
Size of body 600 x 85 x 37 mm.
Blade width: 65 mm
Weight 1700 g
Order nr. 310470CartPrice € 389.00
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