A gift as precise as the work.
Tool making as an art has never been more obvious than the form and function of the CT-17 Dual Angle Block Plane. This beautifully crafted, solid stainless steel plane has several distinguishing features making it one of the most interesting products in our twenty-seven year history.The Commemorative Tool series is an extraordinary collection of tools and the CT-17 Dual Angle Block Plane is a welcome edition to its preceding sixteen siblings.With this plane we have pioneered a new way to build a block plane which allows for an A-2 steel iron with dual edges; one ground primarily for end grain (42 degree attack angle) and for general purpose use (47 degree attack angle). We believe the CT-17 Dual Angle Block Plane is the most versatile block plane available today—one plane body with one iron equals two planes. Inspired by the efficiencies of helicopter components, John Economaki has designed a plane that is both a pleasure to use and an inspiration to behold—each component has been carefully reduced to its essential functional form creating a plane that will work right out of the box and is unlike anything you have ever used. Foremost is the ability to switch from a low-angle block plane to a regular block plane in seconds. Whether you are space constrained or hampered by challenging wood grain, the CT-17 is the most versatile block plane made today—it is both a low angle block plane and a regular block plane.The quick action blade clamp we pioneered with the introduction of the HP-7 Shoulder Plane makes for an unusually practical plane design ergonomically. By eliminating the traditional cross pin found in most antique and contemporary metal bodied planes, we were able to design the body to fit mature hands of all sizes. In addition, there are two possible locations for the index finger to rest, traditionally atop the front tote, and in the case of the CT-17, directly behind the cutting edge on the blade clamp. It is the latter that we believe you will find a joy to use—it is specifically shaped to fit an index finger.Borrowing from the innovative VP-60 blind rear sole plate we introduced in 2005, the CT-17 front sole is also blind, allowing the nose of the body to remain unfettered visually by concealing the leading edge of the throat plate. The solid stainless steel front tote serves both an ergonomic and mechanical need. The throat plate is locked with a cam lock milled into the base of the tote and self-locks in use. To change the throat opening you simply pull up on the nose of the tote, adjust the opening and push the tote forward to lock. Tote inclination and cam pressure are all easily adjustable to fit whatever you deem most comfortable. No tools are required nor do you need significant hand strength to work this mechanism. The front tote also rotates which is handy when the plane is used with two hands. It can easily pivot to adapt to the angle of a finger or thumb making the CT-17 one of the most comfortable planes you have ever used. The CT-17 Dual Angle Block Plane features an integral aluminum blade guard. While the blade is in the plane body, the non-business end of the iron is safely protected—as are your hands. When the iron is removed for sharpening, the blade guard is secured to the opposite end with rare-earth magnets making the double edged iron as safe as single edge irons. When the iron is bedded it is firmly clamped in place with a floating iron cap. There is zero need to true the cap planar to the iron. Cap tension is adjustable. Opening and closing this mechanism is simply fun. In use, the iron is adjusted with a modified Norris mechanism allowing for extremely fine blade advancement—one full revolution of the lead screw changes depth of cut by .03mm/.0013”. Skewing the blade is accomplished by leveraging the sleek lead screw “knob” either left or right. We believe this little plane may be one of the most fun tools you will ever own.Like all Commemorative Tools, we only will make them once. And as a gesture of good luck, buried in the body of each CT-17 is a U.S. penny—it is a symbol of gratitude and a tangible gesture that celebrates the relationship we share with our customers who make this all possible.
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