These are two of the finest planes we have ever made. Though they share a common pedigree, the polished version represents the first of our premium plane line, while the black version is part of our standard line.
Both are made to the same exacting standards and have newly refined stainless-steel hardware. The knobs and wheels have elegant elliptical knurled edges for a firm grip. The lever cap has been extensively redesigned 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 6-5/8" long by 1-3/4" wide, and has a 12° bed angle. It is machined and surface ground to half our normal flatness and surface finish specifications; the sole and sides are flat and square to within +0.000" and -0.0015" over the entire surface. It comes with a 9/64" (0.14") thick by 1-3/8" wide blade with a 25° primary bevel in A2, O1 or PM-V11® tool steel. The back of the blade is lapped flat within ±0.0002" (two-tenths of a thousandth of an inch) in the working area of the blade.
The premium version (the NX60 Block*) 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. The standard version (the DX60 Block*) is made from our regular ductile iron, has a die-cast lever cap, and is finished with a durable powder-coat polymer paint.
Made in Canada. Patented.
* In our new number system, the first letter designates the material (Nickel, Bronze, Stainless Steel, Std. Ductile
Iron). The number represents the model, and the "X", of course, stands for excellent!
Due to a manufacturing delay on the body of the NX60 Block Plane, these products are temporarily unavailable. We expect to receive stock in mid-April, 2015.