So my first kanna just arrived all the way from Japan. A Koyama brand (intro level plane) I got from toolsfromjapan. After reading and watching all the articles and videos I could find, I’ve been tweeking it and practicing all week.
Conclusion after the first week: there’s a lot to learn. Unlike my LN Jack plane, I feel the learning curve is much higher in setting one up, but it’s by no means out of reach. So far, the curls are slowly reaching the level of my western style plane, and I’m confident unless I screw up the dai (the wooden block), it should get easier. The biggest challenge so far is adjusting the correct depth and lateral adjustment of the blade (finicky, might be the word).
Despite all the struggles to make gossamer shavings that shoots out of the plane, it’s been extremely rewarding to see incremental improvements. Making shavings shouldn’t be this fun.
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