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Veritas use Canadian torrefied maple to manufacture all the knobs and totes. The treatment involves a heating process, changing the structure of the wood and stabilising it against swelling and shrinkage caused by humidity changes.
The standard Veritas tote is relatively vertical, designed to allow a comfortable grip whilst keeping your forearm more parallel with the plane’s sole. This allows you to bring more forward force to bear. It encourages you to push with the heel of your hand rather than the web of your thumb.
The traditional tote has a more pronounced forward lean and curvature. This allows you to apply more downward force and makes the plane more comfortable to use on a lower bench.
Both totes are available in three sizes. To find your size, measure the width of your palm along your knuckles. Hand width up to 75mm(3”) order small, 78mm to 97mm(3-1/8” to 3-7/8”); medium and 100mm(4”) and above order large.