Last year I made a little Krenov style wooden plane. I got a really nice hock blade for it (thicker 02 steel type). I just love this plane. It is now my favorite for shaping braces. So simple and so incredibly awesome! If you haven't made yourself a plane yet I suggest "no time like the present"! I used some pretty mesquite (with really tight grain and lovely red colour) I had laying around and the wedge was made from some plane maple. Nothing like turning some small scraps into a valuable and cherished tool!