Hong Kong style planes have a wedged iron and chipbreaker that will be familiar to users of British wooden planes. Because the irons and wedge work in opposite directions they are considerably easier to set, adjust and maintain than other oriental planes.
The try or truing plane is traditionally used after the jack plane to remove the scalloped finish and accurately flatten the surface of the board. They can also be used for jointing the edges of boards to straighten them or prepare them in pairs for gluing.
Hong Kong planes can either be pulled or pushed, the through handle is used for pushing with thumbs crossed behind the irons, index fingers extended along the sides of the mouth pocket and the remaining fingers curled around the handle.
The braized HSS iron is hardened to RC63-64, well below the RC70 that the steel is potentially capable of, but this lower hardness delivers a very pleasant balance of edge retention, sharpenability and toughness. Any standard 1-3/4" iron, modern or old, will also fit.
- Length: 350mm
- Width: 58mm
- Bedding Angle: 42.5deg
- Iron: 1-3/4" / 45mm braized HSS tip