Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Welcome! This is a can of worms question for sure. To answer I think we need to know more. Where are you, what do you sharpen with, what's your budget, are you looking for new or vintage? These are a few to start. I can recommend Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, Woodriver, and vintage. (Wait...I think that is most of them). Avoid Groz, Anant, Anant Kamal, Footprint, modern Stanleys to name a few.
I personally have Woodrivers, vintage Stanley's and Veritas planes. I prefer the Veritas for the value to quality ratio. I love all my planes though.
Give us some more and you'll get a wealth of knowledge from the folks here. Again, welcome!