Knuckle Cap Bronze Apron Block Planes are perfectly sized and incredibly smooth
Cast in bronze, these delightful little block planes are traditionally carried in the apron pocket, ready for immediate and frequent use. Compact and easy to use with one hand, like it's larger knuckle-cap block planes it has a 'smoother than liquid chocolate' low ratio type 3 adjuster.
In the early stages of a piece, an apron plane might be used to make small adjustments to the ends of squared timber blanks, or to create chamfers on waste material before it is cut away, both to aid visibility and prevent breakout. In the later stages it may be used to fine tune joinery or sliding components to achieve the desired fit; or to take tiny threads off sharp corners to strengthen them. In some cases it may even be needed after a piece is finished, to correct the odd squeak or binding drawer.
Block Plane / Bronze Apron Plane: Low Angle 12 1/2-Degree Features
- 137 x 35mm sole with 32mm-wide blade
- 3.2mm-thick T10 carbon steel blade hardened to Rc60-63, ground with 25° bevel
- Solid cast bronze body and knuckle cap (that won't rust!) precision machined and lapped smooth
- Solid brass and steel knobs and fittings
- Simple and easy adjustment of the blades using the rear knob
- Available with low 12 ½° bed angle or standard 20° bed angle
- Weight 470g / 1lb.
Why do we love
Luban Low Angle Knuckle Cap Apron Block Planes?
Superior linishing across all Luban Planes makes the difference. Linishing is the term given to the belt-sanding process that ensures all plane surfaces are flat, dressing the plane surface before selling. If linishing marks are deep, which they are on so many of Luban’s competitors, then the plane surface simply isn’t flat.
Now you can fix this, but it takes a lot of time and effort before you’ll get a good result. All Luban planes come extremely finely linished straight out of the box, which means they’re dead flat for fantastic smooth results.
How do Luban Apron Planes compare to other brands?
There was a golden age of planes, when the quality and design on the market was simply irresistible. However, if you’re looking for a new plane, some of the age-old planing manufacturers simply don’t make them like they used to. It’s a sad but well-known fact that among modern plane manufacturers, you’re often better off looking to new brands for the best value for money.
There are still some phenomenal vintage plane manufacturers on the market and we stock the Veritas range for that reason, but compared to most other brands on the market these days, Luban offer unbelievable value for money. The quality of their planes are exceptional for what you pay and they actually offer a level of planing accuracy and finesse that many of the old planing guard simply don’t offer anymore.
The build quality materials are unsurpassed at this price point. Don’t get sucked in to overpriced, poor quality planes with poor fittings and plastic handles! All Luban planes are genuinely crafted with wooden handles, meaning they’re a pleasure to work with for long periods.
All Luban planing blades come straight with no rough edges - unlike some of their more expensive competitors - ready for action. They’re light enough to use while still retaining that solid feel, with superior lever caps that don’t flop and haven’t been attached at strange angles. Put simply, they're a formidable plane and compared to their competitors, an absolute no brainer.