The Jack Plane by E.C. Emmerich is of very high quality despite the low price. No frills, just a hard working plane that will be a joy to use for generations. Useful for surface preparation before final smoothing. Wedge style blade adjustment uses ECE “Integral Wedge Support” which is very solid yet has a low profile allowing shavings to pass freely. Iron with chipbreaker 48mm (1 7/8″), Steamed Red Beech body, White Beech sole. Made in Germany.Wooden hand planes are a viable alternative to metal planes with mechanical adjusters. In a world full of metal planes, The ECE wood body planes provide elegant simplicity by providing time tested designs coupled with modern manufacturing methods and materials. Before metal adjusters, plane irons were adjusted to very precise tolerances by a simple tap of the iron for a deeper cut. A tap on the heel of the plane reduces the cut. This simple process is still in use around the world and preferred by many craftsmen as an alternative to mechanical adjusters. Wooden planes are also easier to tune and maintain than their metal counterparts and use simple woodworking skills and tools.