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Forum topic by willhime posted 08-07-2014 07:49 AM 1665 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2014 07:49 AM

I stumbled across Bridge City Tool works today and was viewing their inventory. A hand plane that cost $1,100 caught my attention. I started wondering what sort of demographic they are catering to. It seems that woodworking and DIY go hand in hand, to the point that some carpenters/woodworkers are accomplished amateur blacksmiths in their own right out of thrift and interest. Is there any reason why these items warrant such high cost? Just like the next guy, I salivate over laguna products and lie neisen tools but realize it’s going to be a while till I can afford to have even 1 of those from both companies. It kind of reminded me of Teddy Roosevelt when men around the country were calling his bluff on ‘grit’ and so to prove to them he was super rugged, he marched down to Tiffany & Co and bought a hunting knife which of course in turn backfired on him. Thoughts?

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#1 posted 08-07-2014 11:31 AM

I often wondered the same thing. I guess those same guys that buy Ferrari’s, also fill their garages with Bridge City Tools.

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#2 posted 08-07-2014 12:21 PM

Also like a Ferrari, you don’t use it, you just put it in on display, drool over it, and occasionally wipe it with a diaper.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 08-07-2014 02:47 PM

Also like a Ferrari, you don t use it, you just put it in on display, drool over it, and occasionally wipe it with a diaper.

- BinghamtonEd

And, from what I’ve heard, like Ferrari’s they are quite excellent performers. The sad thing is that most people who own them do not use them as they are supposed to.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 08-07-2014 02:48 PM

It’s a collector’s market.

The tools, many of them, are made on limited runs
and they certainly will appreciate in value, some
more than others according to the whims of the

I imagine though that most who buy them are
attracted to the fine workmanship and enjoy
them for what they are, secure in the knowledge
that they can be resold for high prices at any

There are a number of hand builders of brass infill
type planes whose planes sell for $800 and up. You
can look on ebay as they not only get sold direct
from some makers there, they get resold. They
are in their way works of art.

Similarly among “guy stuff” there’s a market for
very fine guitars among people who probably
don’t have the time to be really excellent players.

I used to take my truck to a mechanic who always
had a couple of broken Ferraris in the back. Waiting
on parts I imagine.

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#5 posted 08-07-2014 04:53 PM

These are great. I was hoping I wasn’t the only person that felt this way. When I first became a sushi chef, I was flipping through Korin, aka the be all bible of knives, and was showing my boss a $1200 knife. He told me not to waste my money because I’d waste the knife’s edge sharpening it. He said get that $30 mercer knife from restaurant supply stores, learn sharpening, mess up that edge, repair the edge, use it for year, then we’ll talk about more expensive knives. I was very glad he told me that. In this instance, I think a lie neisen would be the ‘expensive’ one.

this is a pretty impressive antique collection if you haven’t see it yet:

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#6 posted 08-07-2014 08:20 PM

I think LN is high end, not so much as BCT. I don’t regret buying them, but i sure love to look at them and use them at the same time!

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#7 posted 08-07-2014 08:43 PM

With Lie Nielsen you just get what you pay for. 1200$ is not that high once you start looking up specialty plane makers prices.

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#8 posted 08-08-2014 04:05 AM

yeah, I agree with you fridge on LN, I have their bronze block plane. Most likely because I’m a single man, although even that doesn’t justify some of my purchases. I use that plane every day though and I’m increasingly glad I bought it. The collectors mentality does go for every industry I guess, one such being ‘sneaker-heads’ aka, guys who scramble and time their purchases of limited edition Nike’s and Air Force Ones to compete with other sneaker heads. A sushi chef I worked with was one. He’d always come into work, beaming, slamming his knife bag down on the cutting board, making loud ‘yep, yep, ahhhhh’ sounds till someone, usually a server, would finally ask him what he’s so happy about. As the rest of us are setting up the sushi bar, he’d be leaned over the cutting board, one elbow planted, bragging about the special edition St. Patrick’s day pair he bought last night, talking about how he has 3 separate online transfer methods at the ready in case any of their servers were down. One morning, he came in, head hung, grumbling, talkin about how the pair he had had his eyes on were sold out in 4 seconds. Even release days were changed to saturdays instead of mondays because so many students would just skip school and be at the mall, rubber necking, waiting for the Foot Locker to open. He has over 800 pairs. I asked him if he ever wears any, and he looked shocked that I’d wondered that. – “of course man, I’m not like those idiots that don’t even take them out of the box, I wear them 1, sometimes even 2 times!”. Making the song ‘Wings’ by Macklemore more poignant after I learned about all this. Eventually I stopped making fun of him and just accepted that everyone has some sort of collector’s vise they harbor.

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#9 posted 08-08-2014 04:48 AM

Awesome website

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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