What a fantastic treat this is! I feel like I've hit the big leagues with this tool. The fit and finish of this device is impeccable. The blade is really sharp right out of the box but for the price you pay for the heirloom tools at Lie Nielsen, I expected that. A quick glide across a piece of oak I had proved that this was a good move. It's a beautiful plane and I can't wait to get in the shop.