Friday, 12 August 2016
Gerd Fritsche Dovetailed Hand Planes.
A little while ago I ordered an A31 plane from Gerd Fritsche in Germany. He makes these with or without an adjustable mouth, I preferred the look of the non adjustable version. His planes are remarkably well priced, this one cost 456 Euros. http://traditional-handplanes.com/index.php
The metal work is very good with nice crisp dovetails and the mouth is nice and tight (if you order one you need to specify this). The rosewood has been shaped nicely but needs taking through the finer grits and properly finishing, you can't have everything at that price!
The blade is made from D2 steel and cryogenically treated with a final hardness of Rc 61.
The blade was very well prepared and razor sharp and made quick work of this curly Cuban mahogany.