- High-Quality Japanese Plane: Experience flat and smooth wood like never before. After using this plane, there won't be any need for sandpapering the wood!
- Feel the Japanese Culture: In order to use this plane, you will have to use it by pulling it towards you - a technique that originated in Japan. Experience the culture and try something a little different.
- Made in Japan: The product's planning all the way to assembling is done in a town known for its craft-making tradition.
- Made of Japanese white oak
- Wood body Approximately: 3" W x 10-3/16" L x 1-7/16" thick
- Has a traditional tapered laminated steel blade with a thick cap iron. The cut width of the blade is 51mm (2") width and the blade thickness is approximately 5/16".
What is "SUIZAN"?
SUIZAN, a Japanese brand, creates the highest quality Japanese hand tools. With a history of over 100 years, all of the processes are completed in one of Japan's towns known for their craftsmanship. That's why our products are highly appreciated by many woodworkers.
One of the Japanese Tools
There are a couple of differences between Western tools and Japanese tools.
In many cases, Japanese tools are lighter and simpler than Western ones because Japanese tools are minimally designed and there is no unnecessary waste.
Nowadays, Japanese tools have become a popular tool in wood-crafting around the world due to their high quality.
This is a Japanese Kanna
SUIZAN's Kanna is a small Kanna that has two blades. It is simply composed of the Kanna-dai (wooden body) and the Kanna-mi (blade). This Kanna is light to use and results in beautiful surfaces.
How to Use
- Hold Kanna with both hands and pull it towards you.
- As your bodyweight moves, pull the Kanna towards you at the same time. There is no need to apply excess power.
How to Adjust the Blade
To remove the blade, lightly tap the top corner of the body with a hammer. If either side of the blade comes out too much, tap lightly on the same side as the protruding blade. When placing the blade, tap the top of the blade lightly with a hammer; the blade should protrude about 0.002 to 0.008 inches (0.05 to 0.2 mm).
Although the Japanese plane is not a hard tool to use, please be aware that if
- you are pulling in the opposite direction as the grain direction
- the blade is protruding too much
There is a possibility that the plane will not work well.
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Japanese planes require 4-6 hours of "tuning" and sharpening before they can be used. The blade needs to be flattened, sharpened, honed and polished with high quality water stones. The plane body needs to be fit to the plane iron/blade, which usually means repeatedly fitting the blade to the body, removing very small amounts of wood on the body each time. The plane bottom needs to be "adjusted." The blades are adjusted by tapping with a small hammer, which takes some patience. Before buying a Japanese plane, the woodworker should watch a YouTube video on setting up a Japanese plane. When set up correctly, they are true marvels of finishing wood smoothly.