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Blog entry by stefang posted 05-14-2013 05:29 PM 2474 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New scraper plane
I have been wanting a scraper plane for a long time. I’m tired of the heat and stress on my old hands caused by regular card scrapers. I didn’t want to spend a fortune, so I opted for a #80. It’s based on the Stanley plane of the same no. It’s made by Kunz, a German company. Here are a couple of photos. It’s a nicely made plane for it’s price, and I hope I can learn to love the green color. It’s very nicely finished in epoxy and the sole is dead flat. Nothing slipshod at all. Now I just have to find out the sharpening angle (I think it’s 45 deg.) Please let me know if you have any sharpening and or proper use tips for me on this. I know there are lot’s of #80 users out there.

Other planes I plan to buy
Kunz has a couple of other planes I want really bad. A no.4 smoother and a no.5 Jack. I wanted to show them to you as they seem like e a nice alternative to a Lie-Nielsen for example.

These planes are made from annealed cast iron, Norris type adjuster on top which takes care of all adjustment and the irons are over 1/8” thick and 2” wide made from 62 HRC. The paint is epoxy like on the scraper plane. I can’t wait to get these, but I have to wait until next Christmas for these. I have been buying my stuff from Dictum in Germany. They have great products including Lie-Nielsen and Veritas, but I think the Kunz planes are the best value. I will try to do a review when I eventually get them. I just thought you might find it interesting to see something other than what is on offer where you live. I’ve never been disappointed with any product from this company. Not sure how the freight would be to the USA or Canada, so that might be a make or break factor if you consider buying anything from them here.

I would appreciate any comments on the Norris type adjusters if you have any experience with them.

I don’t own any Dictum stock, but I thought you might like to see alternatives to what you have available in the US or Canada. Thanks for reading.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 05:52 PM

That is nice, Mike. You’d laugh if you saw what I use to scrape wood!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 05:59 PM

Stefang, I had that Kunz before, its a nice tool to have around, I found it very confortable to use…...I notice you are in Europe so findig a used one will be a piece of cake for you…..You will need a burnisher and Ron Hock’s $12 is the hardest one out there.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 06:26 PM

Thanks Jim.

Francisco I already bought this one! One of the reasons I buy new stuff is because there are no used tools to be found here. It’s really strange, but it’s true. The freight is a killer on stuff from the US or Canada, so I am just treating myself to some nice new tools from Germany, as I don’t have any viable options. I hope my grandkids will use them after I’m gone. I will teach them before that happens.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 07:44 PM

I did find a great article on sharpening and use of the #80 scraper plane here if anybody is interested.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 08:12 PM

I’ve found the Kunz brand to be a pretty good value . I’m blessed to have a couple of scraper planes that my Dad had accumulated and are very nice old Stanley tools. I don’t think you’ll be sorry you bought this. Now go for the next ones you want.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 10:06 PM

Nice scraper plane Mike! Lime green is my favourite colour!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 07:17 PM

i think i will get the one like you have mike, im having troubles with my arms and hands, and this would allow me to scrape much better then i can now, thanks for sharing this, great new tools..and i like the green..brightens things up…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 05-15-2013 07:29 PM

Dang! I just found out that I posted this blog twice. I’m sorry about that.

Thanks Ken

Elaine Then you would have loved my VW camper I bought in ‘78. It was the same color only a couple of shades lighter. We brought it to Norway with us when we moved back and it was the only one in our district. Everybody stared at us as we drove by. Not sure if it was the color or the car. It made me feel a little self conscious. I liked it the camper a lot, but when we sold it, it was good to be anonymous again.

Bob Here's a good link on setting it up correctly.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-15-2013 10:44 PM

I had been wondering on the Kunz brand. Most German stuff is top notch.
Thanks Mike.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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