I'm learning woodworking on a budget and needed an affordable hand plane. I ran across this, saw some good reviews, and decided to chance it. As expected, it needed some work out of the box - flattening the sole with emery cloth, filing the chip breaker flat, and sharpening the blade. This took about 1/2 hour total. It definitely did the job. My friend offered to "resharpen" the blade and chip breaker for me using his high end stones. Now, I'm truly amazed at how good plane really is. It is solid and heavy, and cuts wood beautifully. It's a really, really, good deal on a hand tool of this type.