Nigel Melfi High Angle Block Plane - Cocobolo (SOLD)

Product Description


Exceptional workmanship is evident in this CBII high angle block plane with lovely 'Cupids Bow' dovetails on the sole. The weight and feel of each Melfi plane feels "right" and the user will enjoy the experience of using such a lovely plane.  Melfi's inspirations in the plane making world include Karl Holtey, Konrad Sauer, Olly Sparkes & Bill Carter and his meticulous approach in investing 70 - 80 hours in the making of each of these beautiful planes demonstrates undoubted skill that has been honed over many years of making fine musical instruments.  .

This plane works exceptionally well on challenging timbers with a solid smooth operation, ideal for a variety of high quality wood working including furniture and musical instrument making..

The construction of each Nigel Melfi high angle block plane is identical. 

  • Length overall: 5 1/4"  -  130mm
  • Width: 1 3/4"  - 44mm
  • Width of blade: 1 5/16" - 34mm
  • Blade angle: 59 degrees (the blade can be reversed to give an effective cut angle of 89 degrees which is great for scraping)
  • Height of plane overall: 2 3/4" - 70mm
  • Weight: 1 1/2lbs - 680g 
  • Thick steel soled with cupid bow dovetails to brass sides.
  • Brass lever cap with crushed velvet and resin decorative disc shaped insert approx 1/2" - 12.5mm in diameter.
  • Each plane is stamped (discreetly) on the infill NIGEL MELFI
  • The blade is also stamped "Nigel Melfi"
  • Infill -  rosewood, cocobolo (2) , ebony (with two parallel mahogany inset strips)  - see separate entries for each. 
  • There are 4 planes available immediately each at an introductory price.   
  • The planes are available for inspection at Classic Hand Tools.
  • Remember, in the highly unlikely event that the plane does not meet your expectations, it can be returned to us for a refund..
  • Please do not hesitate to avail yourself of one of these planes which announce the start of a new "name" in planemaking.

Nigel plans to make only about a dozen CBII planes a year and hopes to develop a few more plane options with Classic Hand Tools over the next few years.


All enquiries for Nigel Melfi planes should be emailed through to


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