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  Knight Planes - Use and Maintenance by Steve Knight 1 of 3    

The hand plane is an ancient tool, and its design has changed little over time. I do not see myself changing it.

I do, however, borrow ideas from different cultures and traditions, combining the best of them into a new and better plane. I use Western, Japanese, and Chinese traditions. By taking the best of all worlds, I can combine features into a single tool that can be used, enjoyed, and cherished indefinitely.

I use tropical hardwoods because they solid plane that works well, is resilient, and springs back when used. My planes are easier to move through wood, feel better in your hands, and are less tiring. Although a well invested extra charge may apply, other woods are available for your special orders.

I spend most of my time building the plane and tuning it up because it is important to me that I build you a great, hand crafted plane. Knight-Toolworks planes are to be used not sat upon a display shelf. I use superior quality materials such as Starrett tool steel, and high quality lumber.

After you use a plane from Knight-Toolworks, I assure you that you wonít notice the few imperfections in the finish. You can file or sand them off if you like, but many of my customers believe that they are signs of hand crafted character. The bottom line is that I want you to be able to enjoy a great plane at a good price.

All my planes feature 1/4″ tool steel irons hardened to RC 62 a for a long-lasting cutting edge.). All bench planes work well when pushed or pulled, so you are free to choose the style with which you are most comfortable. Some specialty planes work best as a push-type, but I can make them for a pull stroke or in a Japanese style if thatís what you prefer. Every plane comes fully tuned and ready to use; only minor adjustments are needed. Soles are hand-lapped to insure flatness.

Knight planes are modern planes that have evolved and incorporated the strengths of other wooden & metal, European and Eastern planes.  Once youíve purchased one of my planes, you will see and feel that difference.  The month/year of creation, the blade angle, and the order number will be found on your invoice and on most of the wooden planes.  Reference these numbers for future orders, or follow-up questions you might have with me.

To keep it at peak form, some effort is needed to care for a plane, to make it last through your, your child's, and your grandchildís lifetimes.  The sections below will help you with the care, tuning and sharpening of your new plane, so familiarize yourself with these steps. A summary of this information is included with every plane I ship.

Receipt of a Plane

Your Knight plane comes with fluffy shavings.  It will have been tuned & tested at the Toolworks, proving its capability.  To reproduce that capability in your workshop:

Your wooden plane, like any other piece of wood, will need to acclimate to your shop, so resist the temptation to do any major tuning until a day or two have passed.  The plane has been finished and stabilized to minimize movement, but temperature extremes can affect iron fit and sole flatness.  Use the plane for a while before tuning to get used to the feel and the way it works.

To make your plane sole slicker and bring out the grain in the wood, you can lightly wax the outside of the plane and the sole.  Do not wax inside the plane mouth, or the wedge-these need to stay clean to keep their tuning.  For infill planes or marking knives, wax will help maintain the shine and minimize metal oxidation.  Any good woodworking wax will do.

In general, avoid setting your tuned plane down on its sole, to maintain the sharpness of the iron.  Place the plane on its side, or just put it across two pieces of wood.

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