This one doesn’t see much use because it is fairly specialized. The bed angle is 60 degrees, highly useful in certain applications. Completely useless in most others. :-) That’s too bad, because it is a nice fit in the hand.
It tends to be hard to adjust. Tapping the iron to advance is fine, but tapping the back of the plane is just as likely to either do nothing or loosen the wedge as it is to retract the iron. The applied shock when you tap it at the back doesn’t mesh well with the bed angle, and tapping it on the top just behind the iron – besides feeling just wrong – likes to loosen the wedge. There’s probably some sweet spot on the arch of the back that works well, but I haven’t found it yet.
Iron is a 1 1/2” Hock. I’ve left it at the bevel angle it came with, although I’m considering steepening it as it needs grinding, maybe eventually getting to something like 40 degrees. Considering that it isn’t used often, it may take a couple decades to get there.
And in case it isn’t obvious, the body is beech and the sole is purpleheart. Finish is tung oil.
-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design