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The mass of this plane, its long base and low centre of gravity make it both stable and effective. Tipping the scales at just over 3.5kg and just under 400mm long, it is a substantial plane; you will appreciate the authority it provides when shooting. The body is fully stress-relieved, ductile cast iron, with a sole and running surface machined flat and square to one another; the 54mm wide running surface fits the classic Stanley #52 chute board. Three set screws let you compensate for slight inaccuracies in a wooden shooting board by adjusting the blade square to the workpiece. Loosening a brass locking knob allows you to adjust the mouth opening, while a stop-screw retains mouth settings and prevents contact between the blade and movable toe. You can set the adjustable rear tote at a comfortable angle for use with the sole vertical or horizontal as on a normal plane. A bevel-up plane, it has a blade skewed 20° to reduce cutting resistance, producing a shearing cut that leaves a neat, crisp finish on end grain. Combined with the 12° bed angle and 25° blade bevel, this yields an effective cutting angle of 35°. The tool includes a lapped blade of either O1 or PM-V11™ tool steel. It uses the same 57mm wide blades as our other bevel-up planes. A Norris-style mechanism combines feed and lateral adjustments for easy, precise blade setting.