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This shot of reader Volvo Luber’s Japanese block plane is just short of tool pr0n. I love shiny, rich-looking wood in the first place, but this has a nice simplicity to it that cannot be denied.

I would collect this type of thing myself, but the prices normally associated with planes of this nature are more than my budget can afford to swell in most cases, so I must be content with the less flashy variety you might find at the local big box. If you’re into this kind of Japanese plane, check out the others in Luber’s collection. It’s enough to make you drool.

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4 Responses to From the Flickr Pool: Japanese Block Plane

  1. Eeyore says:

    I’ve never seen a Japanese plane with handles like this. Those handles appear to be attached in a “push” configuration, too. Every Japanese plane I’ve ever seen was designed for “pull” use. This plane is very nice, certainly nicer than any plane I own, but I’m not quite sure what makes it “Japanese”. Maybe it’s a Western style plane made in Japan?

  2. Rusty says:

    This doesn’t look japanese to me either, and it doesn’t look like a block plane.

    Big box stores do not carry any kind of plane that’s good for much. You can get decent old planes for the same price on ebay, most of which don’t even require much rehab. I have several (metal ones) that are from the 50s.

  3. Gary says:

    Looks like a home made woodie to me. I guess it could be a jointer – considering the fence. Too big to be a block, but I guess the iron could be bevel up – hard to tell from the pic.

  4. toxonix says:

    it does look home made. and with a Japanese blade. Japanese planes are usually pulled rather than pushed.

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