Tsunesaburo Hamono is the most well known plane maker in Japan, partly because of the incredibly wide range of planes that they make, but mostly because they have always catered to the user, and put out planes that are always "ready to go, out of the box".
Most Japanese kanna require some adjustments before they can be used, but no Tsunesaburo kanna require any adjustment of the body before they can be put to work.
How do they accomplish this, where many plane makers cannot?
By controlling the blade's dimensions and shape and by maintaining a common pattern of the plane's body, they ensure that every blade is quite similar and will fit well into a standard body (dai), making adjustment by the dai-maker small and quickly done and meaning that the often fiddly blade-to-body interface is correct, even before you receive your plane.
Available with nearly a dozen different steels, several soft backing iron types and scores of plane sizes, styles and shapes, there is a plane to suit every need from general purpose planing, to finish planing of figured wood to creating tight fitting, good looking joinery, chances are Tsunesaburo already makes a plane for the job, or may be willing to make one for you.
We here at Tools from Japan are extremely honored to be able to offer Tsunesaburo planes to the rest of the world, and as a sign of our appreciation, in a singularly unique fashion. In the most simple terms "If Tsunesaburo makes it, we will list it" which is, to the best of our knowledge, unique to any tool retailer in the world. Nowhere else in the world is the full line of planes, blades, plane options and support tools from Tsunesaburo all listed, reasonably priced and ready to order at any time.
The unique relationship we have with Tsunesaburo as well as the ready identification and availability of options available with their planes means that most of the planes we acquire from them are 'made to order'. As such, there is often a delay of 1-3 weeks between your order being placed and our receiving of your new plane. In cases where a blade has to be made specially (also common), this can add 1-2 weeks to the waiting time.
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