First of all I have to admit I made a mistake. Don has told me he didn’t post a
picture of the actual plane. I assumed the plane in the picture next to the iron
with the goat trademark was the plane that came with it, but it was another
As for the differences between Dutch, French and German planes, traditionally
their shapes have been dictated by the planemaker guilds. So in The Netherlands
all smoothing planes are rectangular. In general this is the same in France.
Only in Germany we see that nearly all planes are horned. So if I see a horned
wooden plane, the biggest chance is that it’s German or from a Germanic country
or region. And this last point is where it gets a little fuzzy, because the
French-German border has shifted a couple of times in the past and the eastern
part of France is in fact Germanic.
There are other kinds of exceptions too, such as models made for export (I know
of rare Dutch horned planes by Nooitgedagt) and irons which have outlived their
original plane and have been replaced in another plane.