I picked up this beautifully little horned hand-plane today from an antique store that a buddy of mine told me about. I feel like I’ve discovered the mother-lode of old tools as I put back a couple of Disston saws, a wooden jointer, an 8” draw knife, and a coffin smoother on layaway for unbelievable prices. I picked this little fore plane and was stunned at not only the thickness of the blade and the chipbreaker but absolute smooth action of wood on wood (I’ve never used wooden planes before).
So after sharpening it up at home, I can carve up like nobodies business, quickly reducing a piece of rough hewed oak to flat in no time. This is an absolute boon because I’m focusing on hand techniques to get reacquainted with lost skills first and I was afraid I was going to have to track down a scrub plane or buy an iron I could camber. One of my shop assistant decided to have a little go at himself….