Hand Tools: Just plane helpful
Scott Gibson, Contributing Editor
Lie-Nielsens Model 102 block plane has a blade set at just 12-1/2 degrees, allowing it to cut end grain more effectively than a standard plane. Its A-2 steel blade is cryogenically treated for long edge life. At just 5-1/4 in. long, it tucks easily in a tool bag or back pocket.
The body of the blade is available in manganese bronze or ductile iron. Prices in September 2004 were $75 for the iron plane, $95 for the bronze.