The Elvis Block Plane - Not the World's Snootiest
David Frane_ToTT The Elvis Block Plane - Not the World's Snootiest

Move over expensive European hand tools, here's a plane that will give you a run for someone else's money. It's the Superior Works Bedrock #601. And it's not an antique; it's new.

I stumbled across this tool on the web and as I read the description I began to wonder what the thing cost. After all, you don't write 600 words about a tool that sells for $9.99. Sure enough, it was expensive - $695.

Is it worth the price? I'm probably not the best person to ask; I'm still using my Elvis block plane, a Craftsman branded Stanley that just happens to have been purchased on the day Elvis died. It cost like $17, which means I could have gotten 40 of them for the price of 1 Bedrock #601. I'm not sure what I'd do with 40 block planes, but then I don't know what I'd do with a $700 smoothing plane either -  probably put it in my safety deposit box.

Getting back to the Bedrock #601, the manufacturer's description is worth reading, if for no other reason than it's entertaining. I mean where else can you hear a sales pitch that includes words like connoisseur, viscount, and fabrique?