WoodRiver V3 Hand Planes
Prices range from $125-$185 for Bench Planes; Block Planes both low and standard angles are $90. The WoodRiver Block Plane is based on the venerable Stanley #65 low angle and #18 standard angle Knuckle Cap design, generally considered one of best block plane designs around. With the widely recognized comfortable chrome plated Knuckle Cap, these block planes look like the standard and low angle versions of yesteryear. Upon closer inspection you'll notice changes to the base castings which not only strengthen historically weak points of the original design, but also improve the blade bedding area. Improved blade adjustment mechanisms allow for crisp, easy adjustment of the blades using the rear adjustment knob. The adjustable mouth is very smooth to operate and allows fine tuning of the mouth for work ranging from coarse to creating whisper thin shavings. The stress relieved ductile iron castings are precision machined, flat and square. Each plane is outfitted with a high carbon tool steel tool blade, which is hardened to Rc60-64 for maximum edge retention and ground to a 25 degrees bevel. We recommend sharpening the blades prior to use, however they're impressively sharp right out of the box.