Hand planes can get pricey in a hurry. The Groz planes I’ve run across look sturdy and well-designed, but the feature that really grabs me is the handles. Ok, it’s not exactly the greatest reason to dig a plane — in fact it has nothing to do with the actual function of the tool at all — but sometimes you can get suckered by a pretty face.
In the case of this Groz #4 hand plane, it’s not just all show and no go. It features a cast iron base, a spring-steel blade that’s hardened to 55 + 5 HRC, and a fully adjustable frog.
The hardwood handle and knob with the brass adjusting nut just kicks me in the rear, though. Even though I don’t have a huge need for one at the moment, I still see a shiny bit of wood on a tool and must have it. Did I mention I’m a sucker for pretty, polished grain?