2" (50mm) Smoothing Plane - Kanehide
Kanehide Smoothing Planes were designed for the craftsman just getting into japanese woodworking. The blacksmith has held the price down without unduly sacrificing quality. The blade is a forged lamination of high-carbon steel and wrought iron material. It is properly heat treated...
This plane works on the pull stroke. Once you experience the control you have you may never go back to a western style plane. Part of the excitement of owning a Japanese plane or chisel is the initial setup. This process will make you sufficiently familiar with the tool and make you much more confident in its use. Don't be intimidated, this plane will require minor adjustment to work smoothly. Very clear instructions are available.
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Easy setup and great shavings
Easy setup and great smoothing shavings.Has little to no chamber so it'll only be good for smoothing but its weight makes it best for smoothing.
Good Overall, Not a Smoother Though
This plane seems to be good quality overall for a very budget japanese plane. I bought it with the intention of making a roughing / scrub plane (herashi kanna), and thought that I would need to open the mouth up quite a bit to allow for the thicker shavings. No need; the gap between the edge of the blade and the mouth open was at least an 3/16". On the other hand, the dai body needed no tuning of either the sole or the blade mortise. The blade seems decent, I was able to put a razor sharp edge without a lot of work. Overall, if you need a very fine (budget) smoothing plane, I'd recommend other brands like the Senkichi 65mm for the same money. If you want a roughing plane, pick this up. The 50mm size is more suitable for a scrub plane in my opinion.