What sets this block plane apart from the rest? Just about everything, each aspect of block plane design re-assessed, re-invented and re-designed. Aesthetically pleasing, this beautiful example of tool making is a delightful combination of superbly engineered form and function. It is an heirloom in every sense of the word.
To begin, it is two tools in one, both a standard and a low angle block plane. The blade sits bevel-up with a bed angle of 12°. The blade is 4.76mm thick with two edges, one at each end. A 47° bevel for general work and a 42° bevel for taking a fine shaving off end grain. The sharp edge of the blade, not in use sits in an aluminium channel for protection. Gone is the traditional steel bar across the body to help clamp the blade. In its place, a quick action blade clamp, with a 4-linkage mechanism that snaps into place. The 304 stainless-steel rear tote fits palms perfectly, making it a most comfortable plane to use.
Depth of cut adjustment is via a modified Norris mechanism allowing for extremely fine blade advancement. One full revolution of the lead screw changes the depth of cut by a mere 0.1mm. In common with the Norris design, moving the lead screw knob left or right controls lateral blade alignment. The 416 annealed stainless-steel sole features an adjustable throat. The sides and blade clamping mechanism are precision CNC machined 6061-T6 aluminium, anodised to create a hardwearing, long lasting finish.
Adding to the HP-9v2 functionality is the unique inclusion of the depth skids.
Fitted on each side of the body they turn the HP-9v2 into a 50.8mm wide thicknesser. The depth skids allow accurate dimensioning of stock up to 32mm thick to within a tolerance of 0.05mm. The HP-9v2 Dual Angle Block Plane is the only block plane available today with this capability. Some of the more obvious uses for this functionality are jewellery boxes, inlay, shoji screen components and any project requiring precisely dimensioned thin material.
The HP-9v2 also features a double-sided guide fence. Attaching the two fence posts and the guide fence ensures perfectly square edges or precise 45° chamfers.
The HP-9v2 comes complete with double-edged blade, depth skids, fence and fence
Size LxWxH: 164 x 52 x 64mm.
|Nett Weight||589 g|
|Plane Blade Width||35 mm (1.3/8")|
|Plane Sole Length||164 mm|