Japanese planes are commonly called "pull planes" because they cut on the pull stroke. They don't require as much strength to use and correct warping of the wood. Their pulling style and low cost makes them a good recommendation for hobbyists and amateurs.
Artisan hand forged planes are the primary tool of Japanese Shinto shrine carpenters for planing wood without leaving scratch marks and damaging the wood fibers. This is said to impede the wood’s “breathing”. Tsunesaburo is one of the most famous Japanese plane artisans in the Western world, and his new Miki series is particularly good for planing hardwood, such as ebony, oak and mahogany.
YOGANNA Western blade
These Japanese forged western design plane blades are laminated with AOGAMI blue paper steel, designed for use by furtniture makers and luthiers.