All totes are made using domestic torrefied maple – wood treated with a heating process that changes the structure of the wood at the cellular level, stabilizing it against the swelling and shrinkage caused by humidity changes.
The standard Veritas tote is the one currently used on our line of bevel-up planes. It is a relatively vertical handle, designed to allow a comfortable grip that keeps your forearm closer to parallel with the plane's sole. This allows you to bring more forward force to bear, because it encourages you to push with the heel of your hand rather than the web of your thumb.
The traditional tote is based on historical plane handles. It has a more pronounced forward lean and is more curved than the Veritas tote. This allows you to apply more downward force to the plane and makes the plane more comfortable to use on low surfaces.
Both totes are available in three sizes to fit the width of your hand. To find your hand size, measure the width of your palm along your knuckles. Hand measurements up to 3" should order the small; measurements 3 1/8"-3 7/8" should order the medium; measurements 4" and larger should order the large.
These totes are the same as those used in our custom bench planes.