Kunz Plus Plane No.4 Review By: I.Ball
Category: New Smoothing Planes
Plane Type: Smoothing
Model No: 4
The Kunz Plus number 4 plane is a 260mm (10 inch) long smoothing plane
from the Kunz Plus plane range.
The Kunz Plus range is Kunz premium line of tools which have been made to high specification with high precision manufacturing and the inovation comb run over them to make notable improvements over previous designs.
The Kunz Plus 4 has a plane body made from durable stress-annealed fine grey-cast iron. The large winged sides and the sole have been precision milled flat and square. The larger walls are designed in the style of the Stanley bedrock plane range to increase stability when shooting.
The plane is supplied with a 3.5mm thick, 50mm (2 inch) wide plane blade,
hardened and tempered to 60-62 Rockwell C along with a finely machined
chipbreaker and cap iron, all of which help to significantly eliminate
the risk of chatter.
The plane blade is controlled with a Norris style adjuster. The single adjuster can be used to make accurate lateral blade adjustments or blade depth adjustments. The adjustments are controlled using the knurled brass nut located above the blade.
The lateral adjustments are made by moving the adjuster sideways which in turn moves the blade laterally. The depth adjustments are made by turning the knurled brass nut which in turn moves the blade towards or away from the mouth.
Note: ensure to release the lever cap before making blade adjustments
to avoid damage.
The frog is the central part of the plane on which the blade rests and where the blade adjuster operates. The frog also has the functionality of being able to adjust the mouth thickness at which the shavings pass through.
The Kunz Plus 4 plane is fitted with a shapely rear handle and an extra bulbous front knob, both of which are made from Cherry.
The top side of the body is finished with a dark green finish.
The plane is supplied in a Kunz cardboard box.
* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.
* Wearing safety clothing and eye protection is usually a good idea to help protect against injury.
- The blade(s)/cutter(s) is very sharp, take suitable precautions when using/handling/storing
the plane/cutter(s) to prevent injury.
- Failure to loosen parts when making adjustments to the plane can result in damage to the plane such as cross-threading screw threads. Never force a part to move.
- Overtightening parts can cause damage to the plane and the plane threads.
Length Of Sole: 260mm (10 inch)
weight:: 2.2kg (4 7/8 lb)
Body: durable stress-annealed fine grey-cast iron
Handle and Knob: cherry
Plane finish: dark green
Kunz Plus 4 Plane Blade / Cutter
Width: 51mm (2 inch)
Blade Thickness: 3.5mm
Top Of Blade Shape: curved
Hardness: 60-62 Rockwell C
"Kunz" - found on the lever cap face.
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