There’s something about a handplane that makes you feel like a craftsman. In that spirit, I was moved to pick up this Footprint 220B “professional” block plane when I saw it at Sears this week for $25, and I’ve had good experiences with it since. (It’s available from a number of other sources at a similar price — like the Amazon link below — but I just happened to be wandering around Sears. I’m sure you’ll understand.)
It’s got a low 21˚ blade angle, thumb and finger grooves on the side, and (of course) a wooden knob. What’s your favorite (not overly-high-priced) plane?