Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Conway View Post
The lie-nielsen's I own were flat & true on the sole and flat & sharp of blade out of the box. Great performing tools. People always comment about their price, having bought lots of used hand tools, if you sum the price of a decent vintage Stanley block plane, a new good blade, and your labor to get it into shape, the price isn't much different.

The lee valley tools have generally been very good - the plane blades sharp, the plane flat, but some of their chisels have had funky back topography.
Been waiting to hear this - though I think I thought it already!