I went searching for updates on the Anant Kamal or Premier line of handplanes today. They're beginning to show up in stores and there are finally some pictures to look at.
For some background, you can check Chris Schwarz's preview on Woodworking Magazine's blog.
The best pic I could find was on the Wooden Boat web store. Here is the smaller of 2 smooth planes in close-up
(I'm making an assumption here - they don't say Kamal, but the handle and tote have a clear finish, as opposed to Anant's usual plain hardwood stained dark.)
This line is supposed to be a step up in quality for Anant, whose offerings up to now have been about on par with modern Stanleys, later Records and Footprints. There's nicer wood, improved, heavier frogs, better machining and a brass adjuster knob.
I'm hoping these new planes will offer an alternative to rust hunting for pre-war Stanleys, Sargents etc. You know, buying with a mfg's warranty - no broken totes, cracks or busted yokes to look out for. Prices are quite reasonable (both smoothers are less than $40 US)
Look for a dealer on Robert Larson Co.'s website (where I couldn't find any info on the new line
Anybody laid hands on one yet? I'd love to take one for a spin and see how it behaves. Call me optimistic, but why can't India compete with 19th century American technology ?