Hotley hand planes?


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I have to admit, the first time I ever heard of these was when Mel Morris mentioned them in a hand tool and sawdust thread recently. I went and checked them out, and they are gorgeous, and extremely expensive!!! Holy Crap! Anyone here know anything about these, and why anyone should pay roughly 11 thousand US dollars for a jointer sized plane?

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I was just looking through the hand plane prices for fun. Only thing that came to mind was a familiar song. Something like this: MY MIND IS TELLIN ME YESSSS. BUT MY CHECK BOOK. MY CHECK BOOK. IS TEL

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(You mean "Holtey" planes, right?)   As an object of worship, absolutely. As a tool for working wood, I'd be unworthy to stand in the same room as one of his planes, let alone push one across a boa

(You mean "Holtey" planes, right?)

 

As an object of worship, absolutely.

As a tool for working wood, I'd be unworthy to stand in the same room as one of his planes, let alone push one across a board.

 

That said, I won't begrudge the dear Mr. Holtey his wares.  FCOL the man is milling his own adjusting screws!  There's a fantastic amount of work that goes into each of his masterpieces and if his business model keeps the lights on, good on him.

 

In fact, I'm glad that Mr. Holtey has devoted himself to building hyperplanes.  Perhaps some day his efforts will produce an entirely new plane adjustment mechanism that supersedes Bailey's design.  Perhaps further that he (or his heirs) will license that same mechanism to a company that creates planes that normal people actually can afford to use.  Think of Karl Holtey as the woodworking equivalent of Horacio Pagani, the man behind a firm that makes Mercedes AMG seem cheap.

 

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It's safe to say that I will never know the joy of driving a Huayra or a Zonda.  But the world of cars (all the way down the price curve) would be so much poorer if there weren't people trying to push the envelope of what can be done with four wheels and an engine...as well as a few fantastically wealthy individuals willing to pony up for their efforts.

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Yes Rob, Holtey, I don't know how to read haha. I told my girlfriend earlier today that I want one. I don't know why I want one, I can't afford it, but I want one! She told me to go win the lottery. I was trying to read up on the materials he used on the soles, but didn't have much luck. I saw on some of the smaller planes it was stainless steel dovetailed onto bronze. Beautiful pieces, I saw a guy on youtube unboxing 3 of them, and I was like, what a bastid!

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I told my girlfriend earlier today that I want one. I don't know why I want one, I can't afford it, but I want one! She told me to go win the lottery.

 

A surprisingly open-minded response, all things considered.  Most women would rather find their men browsing porn than Karl Holtey's website.

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I always wonder what that tipping point is when it comes to materialism. I have been saving up forever to afford a Brese plane. Every so often a life emergency comes up(clamps on sale at Amazon was the last one). I have to wonder at what point there is no more return and every other expense is nothing more than decorative. 

 

I have a finely tuned Stanley 4 1/2 that I would put against my LN 4 1/2(I have no idea why I have two of them). I spent a few hours to clean up my Stanley and I do not think the edge holds as long as the A2 in my LN. 

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I can't stop looking at them! I'll break down and buy one someday. Well, maybe :)

Freddie, check out Bridge City Toolworks. Brilliant stuff coming out of that shop. I mostly want the older version shoulder plane. I solely blame Chris Schwarz for this. I saw a review he did on it, and it's usually tucked away in pictures of him working in the shop.

Fantastic looking tools!

As far as a tipping point, not sure. Depends on desire and budget.

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Personally, I'd buy a Brese instead of Hotley, as he is making plains out of stainless now, and Hotely is still using mild steel for everything except the new block plane he is making. If I drop several $K on a plane it should never rust ever....

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I have to admit, the first time I ever heard of these was when Mel Morris mentioned them in a hand tool and sawdust thread recently. I went and checked them out, and they are gorgeous, and extremely expensive!!! Holy Crap! Anyone here know anything about these, and why anyone should pay roughly 11 thousand US dollars for a jointer sized plane?

 

#1 reason: You would be the coolest kid on the block if you owned one of these masterpieces. ;-)

 

Yes Rob, Holtey, I don't know how to read haha. I told my girlfriend earlier today that I want one. I don't know why I want one, I can't afford it, but I want one! She told me to go win the lottery. I was trying to read up on the materials he used on the soles, but didn't have much luck. I saw on some of the smaller planes it was stainless steel dovetailed onto bronze. Beautiful pieces, I saw a guy on youtube unboxing 3 of them, and I was like, what a bastid!

  

And she just got me a new maxim magazine today as well :)

Freddie, you have obviously found the perfect girl for you. For the love of god man, do not let her go!!
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