I am mainland EUrope based, so wooden body planes are much more prevalent here. I have a number of them, various sizes, ages and manufacturers (my scrub plane has an eagle/swastika mark, so I know it dates to sometime before 1945). I like the Pinie planes, I have the basic ones, not the ones with the adjustment mechanisms, they are easy to work with, can take just as fine a shaving as a metal body plane, are easier to flatten, fettle, modify, more likely to survive a drop to the floor of the workshop, as well as being lighter. I am thinking to see if I can buy a couple and try to modify them to dovetail planes, but haven’t gotten around to that yet.
Colin, Czech Rep.