These finely crafted bench planes by Clifton are a joy to use. The No. 4 1/2 Smooth Planes are ready to use straight from the box with precision ground sides and sole and do not need hours of flattening and fettling to make them fit for use - though final honing of the blade is recommended to suit individual preferences. No doubt you've considered Clifton planes if you're looking for premium performance at a reasonable price. The Clifton No. 4 1/2" Wide Smooth plane is a great choice if you're looking for a smoothing plane that is slightly wider than the standard width. At 10 3/4" long with a 2 3/8" wide iron (2 7/8" total plane width) bedded at a 45 degree angle, this plane performs great as an all-around smoother. The design of this high-performance bench plane is based on the famous Stanley Bedrock series with a fully machined Frog and body seating pad. The Bedrock design ensures the blade is held with absolute rigidity thereby preventing chatter. A few modern improvements from Clifton allows for the mouth to be easily adjusted to a virtually zero opening without dismantling the frog and iron assembly thereby allowing the finest of shavings to be taken even on the most difficult woods. There's no loss of stability or control even when you go from heavy work to fine finishing. The Clifton No. 4 1/2 features a body of grey cast iron with brass fittings and handsome bubinga wood knob and handle. The 0.12" thick plane iron is made from cryogenically treated 01 steel, hardened and tempered to Rc 60 - 62, then precision ground. This model also features a special two-piece cap iron for solid clamping. Crafted in England to a very high level of fit and finish. At a weight of 5.8 lbs, this plane is substantially heavier than Stanley or Record of the same size.
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Clifton Tools of Sheffield, England
At Traditional Woodworker, we carry an extensive line of Clifton tools. Clifton is a well-established English toolmaker based in Sheffield, a town known for it's toolmaking tradition. Clifton of England makes many of it's tools by hand to ensure quality so you notice the difference with each and every use. Clifton delivers on solidity, control, comfort and performance. An excellent choice for the discerning craftsman.