Hand Tools

Having some tools in hand ...

Bruce McCrory
... it's my impression that LN is a traditional manufacturer, ie., their tooling is older school. Less CNC. They refine a tool, a block plane in my case, with matching , individually worked parts. They sent me a replacement section, but the original was less work to correct.

It is very 'normal' to receive tools requiring final fettling. New Japanese chisels can require hours for me to sharpen. Veritas chisels are close to final as received, but I still knock off the lands corners so I can use them without bleeding to death. My guess is you are accustomed to engineering "certified" tools. A wood worker will more likely laugh at that label on their purchase.

And, it's not like a woodworker needs to shave with his No. 4 iron.

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