A gift as precise as the work.
The VP-60 Variable Pitch Plane was a limited edition run of 400 in 2005. Each plane was sequentially numbered and signed by master tool designer, John Economaki.
There was a time, now long gone, when furniture-grade lumber was froe-split from perfect logs.
As one might imagine, these straight-grained boles yielded planks that were no match for a sharp plane in skilled hands. Today, sawn timbers from around the globe contain infinitely varying grain and hardness characteristics, often in a single board! The initial run of the limited-edition VP-60 Signature Series is 400. Each plane is sequentially numbered and signed by master tool designer, John Economaki.
At the heart of the VP-60 Variable Pitch Bench Plane is a robust A2 steel iron, hardened to Rc 60-62, cryogenically tempered, precisely lapped and sharpened to 29° (25° primary bevel, 4° micro-bevel). This iron is ready to use out of the box. The VP-60 iron nests to a frog assembly (patent pending) that pivots from 30° to 60°. This provides for a full 60° of attack angles; 30° thru 60° with the iron bevel down, and 60° thru 90° with the iron bevel up. With a 60° range, the VP-60 truly becomes a pitch perfect plane, featuring every attack angle ever needed, including 30° the lowest attack angle we have ever seen.
Are the blades stainless steel?
No, these are satin chrome plated steel. It is extremely hard and durable. They are stiffer than stainless blades and less prone to bending. These are easier to read than true stainless blades too.
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.