The low angle plane gives superb results in the majority of cases. Wild grain can sometimes prove difficult, increasing the cutting angle is the solution. The bevel of this blade is at 50°; combined with the 12° bed angle of the low angle plane gives a cutting angle of 62°, which is much closer to that of a traditional bench plane and hence gives a better result when working difficult grain.
The PM refers to a process known as powder metallurgy. It involves atomising molten metals, cooling and hardening the powder, finally heating it under pressure to form an ingot. PM-V11 is a specific mixture of metals combined into a unique alloy. The resulting steel has a very fine, uniform grain structure. It is inherently more durable than steels produced using ordinary manufacturing processes. Blades made from PM-V11 are highly resistant to dulling or damage from wear and impact. These blades can take a keen edge and hold it through extended use. PM-V11 is as easy to sharpen as A2 tool steel using water stones or other common sharpening methods. Testing showed that a PM-V11 blade edge lasts at least twice as long in use as an A2 blade. Made in Canada.