The Axminster Rider A3 Smoothing Plane is a top-quality tool designed for both home and professional use. This smoothing plane is equipped with a British-made O1 high-carbon steel blade that is 3mm thick and has been hardened to HRC 61-64, ensuring durability and longevity. The blade is flat and well-finished, with a 25° bevel, and requires minimal preparation before use.
The body of the smoothing plane is made of ductile iron, which is known for its high strength and impact resistance. The sole of the plane is flat and accurate, and the plane is fitted with adjustable frog, depth, and lateral blade control, making it easy to use. The hardwood handles are well-sized and comfortable to grip, and the cap iron and adjusting nut are solid brass.
The A3 is a smaller smoothing plane than the A4 making it ideal for work in tight spaces. It still has enough mass to help you achieve a fine, even finish on even the most difficult grain. This tool is a joy to use, thanks to its sharp O1 blade, which is relatively easy to sharpen and hone using conventional methods.
Overall, the Axminster Rider A3 Smoothing Plane is a high-quality, well-designed tool that offers great value for money. Whether you're a professional woodworker or a DIY enthusiast, this smoothing plane is an excellent choice for all your smoothing and finishing needs.