Veritas Premium Block Planes
Both of these Veritas block planes have stainless-steel hardware. The knobs and wheels have elliptical knurled edges for a firm grip. The lever cap has been designed to integrate cleanly with the plane body and provide an almost continuous hand-contact surface, with tactile cues for finger placement. The Norris-type adjuster mechanism combines feed and lateral adjustments, making blade setting accurate and easy. Close manufacturing tolerances reduce backlash to no more than 1/4 turn. The adjuster is locked to the body, and will not become inadvertently unseated.
Mouth adjustment is effected by loosening the stainless-steel locking knob. An unobtrusive set screw in the throat of the plane allows repeatable mouth positioning while at the same time preventing the moveable toe from contacting the blade. The toe is completely enclosed by the body casting. The contoured body is 7" long by 1-3/4" wide, and has a 12° bed angle. It is machined and surface ground to ensure flatness; the sole and sides are flat and square to within +0.000" and -0.0015" over the entire surface. The A2 tool steel blade (hardened to Rc60-62) is 9/64" (0.14") thick by 1-3/8" wide and has a 25° primary bevel. An optional O1 tool steel blade (Rc58-60) is also available separately. The back of the blade is lapped flat within + or -0.0002" (two-tenths of a thousandth of an inch) in the working area of the blade.
The standard version (the DX60 Block, #05P70.01, $185) is made from regular ductile iron, has a die-cast lever cap, and is finished with a durable powder-coat polymer paint.
The premium version (the NX60 Block, #05P70.11, $295) is made from a corrosion-resistant material — a nickel-resist ductile iron. Significantly more expensive than regular ductile iron, it contains about 20% nickel and retains all of the beneficial properties of regular ductile iron. It also requires slower feed rates during production.