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Like Japanese saws, Japanese planes are pulled, not pushed. They can be pushed, but cutting control is better on the pull stroke.

This white oak plane is similar to a traditional Japanese plane; however, a metal chip breaker with a capscrew replaces the traditional wooden wedge. To increase the cut, simply tap the front of the plane with a mallet; to decrease the cut, tap the back of the plane. The high-carbon steel blade will hold a keen edge to achieve tissue-thin shavings, even in difficult woods.

The round molding plane, with its 25mm wide by 3mm thick (1" × 1/8") blade, works like a cornering tool with two cutting radii - 3/32" and 3/16". It may require a bit of practice in setting up the blade to achieve the final cut, but once there, performs remarkably well.

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