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
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
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
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
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
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.