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Andy Dingley
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Default What are the reasons so few modern planes measure up to the old one?

On Sat, 21 Jan 2006 14:02:59 GMT, "Charles Self"

But, then, the handplane market seems to have pretty well petered out,
except for true enthusiasts,

I also collect fountain pens. You can easily make a $1000 fountain
pen, with just one old guy in Vietnam and a pot of lacquer. If you have
a really good idea, then you can change the $10 pen market overnight
too. What you can't make an impact in is the $100 market. They need to
be both superior, and mass-produced. Even the big names like Sheaffer
and Parker have lost their way at this level.