E.C.E. Primus Reform smoothing plane #711 – New & Used intro & repair

E.C.E. Primus Reform smoothing plane #711 – New & Used intro & repair

Every now and then a Plane comes to surface on my alerts. The E.C.E, Primus #711 by E.C.Emmerich Company is one that I have had my eyes on for many years.

First seen on my Woodwork teachers bench at high school. This plane has always been on ‘the list’

See what the connection with Karl Holtey is. Did Karl Holtey – Maker of the most expensive planes ever (imo) see this frog design?

Did he see this before he started making his own planes? I think so.
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Sometimes called ‘horned’ planes. These traditional German wooden smoothing planes are amazing and perfect for cabinet making. Traditionally made woodworking tools are wonderful as they hold onto the history of the company. That’s so rare these days. Some companies seem to think they have to reinvent themselves. No. Its wrong. Improvements yes, evolve yes, reinvention no.

And recently (June ’23) Laura Kampf has been to the factory where these gorgeous tools are made. Here’s a link to her video https://youtu.be/hooec53MqLQ I loved seeing how the sole joint was created. Amazing.


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  1. jammywesty91 on October 25, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    I think there’s a lot to be said for the dexterity that German style front handle would afford you, especially when canting the plane. Inspiring me to make my own eventually.

  2. secretmitreddovetail38 on October 25, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    My woodworking teacher at school was the spitting image of Rab C Nesbitt and walked around the class with a 3ft length of dowel. He was always on the prowl for any reprobate that might leave their plane upright. Any offender would feel the sting of the dowel. It became the class prank to set some poor sod’s plane upright on the bench and just let events take their course. Can’t wait to see the Primus in action.

  3. Hans Wurst on October 25, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    until now never quite understood how they made the no backlash adjustment with a threaded rod. Really clever what they did.
    That plane is made since at least the 50 and yours is likely pre 1990

  4. Dave W on October 25, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    3 Points of contact ……. So simple, yet not all do it!

  5. WAM W on October 25, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    What a thoroughly interesting video! Looking forward to the next installment!

  6. Jack Martin on October 25, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    I inherited one from my father and it is a fine looking piece of equipment.There is one issue I can’t figure out. The fine adjustment block on the bottom sticks out by about an 1/8". No matter what I do I can’t get it to sit flush. Any recommendations.

  7. Timothy Mallon on October 25, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated by the German style planes, but my only problem with the examples you have here is that plastic adjuster knob. Why would they go through the trouble of making a great plane, only to use a plastic knob on the end?