Finewoodworking, perhaps the best woodworking/furniture making magazine, tested 11 different block planes and reported results in this months issue (Oct 2012 - Yeah, I know its only July) available on newstands. The winners...
- Lie Nielsen 102 - Best overall and best value. $102.
- Lie Nielsen 60 1/2 - Best overall. $165. Bigger than 102 and has adjustable mouth
- Veritas DX60 - Best overall. $185 Has an unusual shape that looks very comfortable to hold
- Veritas Low Angle - Best overall. $140. Also looks quite comfortable.
I have two block blanes from Lie Nielsen, the low angle 102 and the standard angle 103. Both are bronze, superb to use and feel great in the hand. I have 15 handplanes, all Lie Nielsen except one older stanley. They are all excellent planes.