HNT Gordon and Co. Classic Plane Makers Australia was established by Terry Gordon in 1995 after several years of development work. Terry was a keen woodworker and navigator in the Air Force when he decided to follow his passion in the woodwork industry. Hand plane problems were a constant struggle in his woodwork projects, so he set out to find different alternatives and new designs. After living in Malaysia for 3 years with the air force, he began to meet the locals and observed them using their planes with balance and ease to produce a tear out free surface. These Asian style planes intrigued Terry, and he went on to learn about the benefits of these tools. In addition to this, large amounts of studying old tools and lots of experimental work was conducted on blade angles to determine what worked best on Aussie hardwoods. It was found that a blade pitch of 55 – 60 degrees works best on hard and curly grain and by reversing the blade to bevel up an angle of 85 – 90 degrees forms a scraper plane to tackle those woods you can’t plane. This high blade pitch was not being produced by any manufacturers at the time, which is what made our planes unique when we came on the market.