I have two planes – a little crappy Buck Bros block plane that I’ve been trying to forget I ever bought. And an old pre-war Stanley Bailey #4 that needs some serious help.
Today I ordered my first Japanese plane, a “Kakuri Mini Kanna”. I had it on my amazon wishlist and it dropped in price by $8 so I bought it today. This: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ALF4GO/
A rather small price/investment for a beginner.