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

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 02:52 AM

Easiest explanation to me is that you want the longer section of the sole in a place that will help keep the plane flat when using. For western planes, when using, there is more force wanting to lift the front of the plane because of the rear tote shape, so the longer heel section helps keep it flat. Reverse for Japanese, because the forces are reversed when pulling. I have never used a Chinese style plane, but could easily see pushing on those rear handles wanting to cause the heel to lift, so longer section in front again.

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