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Plane (Hira-Kanna) $66

The same holds true as with the chisels – aim for middle ground, maybe $100 – $140 for your first one. Although I have a couple worth several hundred dollars, the one I bought ten years ago for about $80 continues to be a favorite. Look for something in the 50-65mm width range.
Also not a bad idea to pick up a dai conditioning plane (Dai-noshi-kanna), $99, while you’re at it. It is used to properly flatten the bottom of the plane so that it takes nice shavings and leaves a silky surface. I know, a plane to plane a plane. Sounds crazy, but a little recursive nuttiness will make your kanna using experience a better one. While you’re at it, also pick up a conditioning plane conditioning plane (dai-noshi-noshi-kanna-kanna)… Just kidding.

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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