All knobs 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 wide knob has a relatively flat profile, standing 2" tall overall with a 2" diameter. This provides a large bearing surface for your palm, which improves comfort if you need to press down on the toe of the plane.
It also gives your fingers more purchase when lifting the plane at the end of a stroke, helpful for long or heavy planes.
The standard Veritas knob is the same found on most of our bench planes. It has a more spherical shape, standing 2 3/8" tall with a maximum diameter of 1 3/4".
It provides a balance of features between the other two knobs, useful if you alter your grip depending on what kind of work you’re doing.
The tall knob has the highest profile of the three, standing 2 5/8" tall, making it a good choice if you prefer to grip with your whole hand.
With the smallest maximum diameter of the knobs (1 5/8"), it is also the easiest knob to grip for users with small hands. The high waist of the knob also gives more clearance when pushing with the crook of your thumb.
These knobs are the same as those used in our custom bench planes.