Clifton No. 5 Bench Plane


Clifton No. 5 Bench Plane

The Clifton Planes are one of the best in the world, with a rich heritage of tools ‘made in Sheffield.’

The No. 5 has a cutter width of 50 mm and is considered a must-have, all rounder plane. A ‘jack of all trades’ with a 355 mm long sole, it is used for flattening surfaces, removing sawing marks and even on shooting boards. It is sufficiently long to work on long surfaces whilst still short enough to do spot work.
The unique combination of weight, flatness and a O1 iron blade, allows you to get an impeccable, smooth surface with little effort.

The No. 5 weighs 2.6 Kg and is 355 mm long. It fashions nicely finished knob and handles, and a mouth adjusting mechanism that is very easy to use. The blade is made of O1 steel cryogenically treated which means you can get a sharp cutting edge that is hard to achieve with other iron steels.

  • Sole length: 355 mm
  • Blade width: 50 mm
  • Blade thickness: 3 mm
  • Iron bedded at 45 degrees
  • Bevel angle 25 degrees
  • Weight: 2.6 Kg


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The Clifton Planes have a long tradition of craftsmanship, and are the last ones still made largely by hand in Sheffield, England.
Considered an investment by many woodworkers, these planes are ready to use out of the box. No need to flatten and tune, just a quick blade sharpening will do.

The body and frog are made from precisely machined grey cast iron with their sides and sole fully ground and dead flat. The knob and handle are carefully shaped, sanded and sealed from walnut. The 3 mm thick iron blade is made from cryogenically treated O1 steel, hardened and tempered to 60-62 Rockwell C. The Cap Iron has a single piece design to offer rigid clamping. The Frog locating pins and screws are made from ground stainless steel and are polished. The lever cap is made from grey iron casting, polished. Both the screws and adjusting wheel are made from polished brass.

The frog and frog seating in the body of these planes are based on the BEDROCK design, ensuring total stability of the Frog and providing a firm surface for the cutting iron. The bedrock design allows mouth adjustments without disassembling the tool and to easily set the mouth to a tight position that can get you the finest of shavings even in the most difficult woods.

Additional information

Weight 2,6 kg
Dimensions 355 cm
Plane type

Jack plane

Sole length

355 mm

Blade material

Cryogenically treated O1 steel

Blade thickness

3 mm


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