Furniture makers in Australia and Southeast Asia prefer this style of plane for planing hardwoods. The handles and thick contoured body help make a well balanced plane capable of delivering the power of the upper arms, shoulders and back. The blade is bedded at a 63° angle which is ideally suited for hard and highly figured woods, producing incredibly smooth surfaces. The blade can be reversed in the body to make a scraper plane able to handle particularly nasty grain. The blade is made from A2 high speed steel tempered to Rockewell 62 - 63. The bodies are made from rosewood with a brass wear plate dovetailed into the sole at the throat opening. While the blades come will sharpened, for best work they should be fully honed at a 30°- 35° angle. This plane is 4¼˝ long by 1½˝ wide with a 1-3/6˝" wide blade.