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Posted on Why don't hand planes put the blade near the back?

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 10:38 PM

If you Google “Kana” that is the Japanese term for their hand planes. You will see many competitions (fun to watch) where they go for the thinnest ribbon, and sometimes length before shredding. Most of these competitors pull their planes, rather than push. That would be my best thought for why they are made as they are.

Obviously Western planes are pushed forward, so thy place the cutter in front. I’m not an engineer, but that would be my thought to why they are designed differently. Also as with most things the Asians had them first in history, so the Europeans could have duplicated them, but chose to make the works with adjustable blades, and all. I believe Bailey went further than most and added even more parts, the frog, and a chipbreaker. If he copied someone I am not aware of that.

I imagine a few of the cave dwellers will come along with exact dates, and countries to clarify my thoughts. They are good people, if you offer them beer they will work for hours, and be nice to you. Take their beer and you may be an endangered species….....


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