Hi Ken 🙂
Test drive a Stanley or Record #80/080 and you won’t regret it my friend 😉
One little trick (Yep superglue again 😀 ) we sometimes use when dealing with troublesome knots involves flooding the knot with superglue and zapping it with accelerator. This tends to lock the knot and it’s fibrous surroundings in place while a finely set plane is able to smooth straight through it.
Another trick involves the use of circular planing motions over and around the knot and this method can tend to deal with the contrary grain involved.