How do you know you’re getting exactly what you ordered? How do you know that you got a good price? How can you judge the quality of a hand crafted tool? The obvious answer is that you ask for a guarantee.
I was shopping for a good, high quality Japanese hand plane. I wanted something beautiful as well as functional. I wanted adjustability. I was looking for a tool that would give me years worth of reliable service. I wanted a tool I could sharpen and service myself.
When I saw the plane pictured below I wanted to know if it would yield wooden shavings thin enough to justify the price. By American standards $165 is NOT a lot of money for a finishing plane. If you don’t think so shop at Veritas in Canada or Lie-Nielsen in Warren, ME.
The final answer to all my questions about that Japanese smoothing plane was the fact that I was reading the invoice through a shaving made with that plane. Once peeled away I could notice that remarkable demonstration. Sold!