A gift as precise as the work.
Tool making as an art has never been more obvious than the form and function of the HP-9 Dual Angle Block Plane. This beautifully crafted, dual-angle block plane has several distinguishing features making it one of the most interesting products in our history of tool making.
We have pioneered a new way to build a block plane which allows for an iron with dual edges; one ground primarily for end grain (42 degree attack angle) and the other for general purpose use (47 degree attack angle). We believe the HP-9 Dual Angle Block Plane is the most versatile block plane available today—one plane body with one iron equals two planes.
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 hands of all sizes. The solid stainless investment cast rear tote fits palms perfectly.
The solid stainless steel sole with adjustable throat will serve multiple generations easily. The precision machined aluminum sides and blade clamping mechanism help lower the center of gravity of the plane – it is simply one of the most comfortable and fun to use planes ever made.
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 but in practice, it is our preference to make lateral blade adjustments through the sides of the body.
The optional HP-9 Depth Skids will allow you to turn the HP-9 into a mini thickness planer. You will be able to dimension your stock with .002” or greater repeatability. Some of the more obvious uses for this functionality are shoji screen components, jewelry boxes, inlay strips, and other projects where precise thin material is required. The HP-9 Dual Angle Block Plane is the only block plane available today with this capability.
Using a fence, one is able to to make repeat passes across the face of the board. Making a spacer the same size as the plane body will let you move the fence precisely across you work.
Yes, we plan to have 4 different sizes.
No, there are no screw holes on this kit.
This item is no longer in production and is not available for purchase. It is listed here for reference purposes only. The last known published price is listed below.