Dating stanley plane blades
Use the logo on the cutter as your guide, that should put it late 1800s. I have the front knob and the adjustable front piece from an early 10-1/2 sitting on my shelf to remind me of that..
When you pick up an old plane in an antique store or swap meet it is sending off clues. The wide, flat areas and sharp radii say one thing: “Grab me and I’ll bite you back.” The tote in the middle is plastic, but it’s a half-decent shape.
The first model, which I guess would be a type 1, had an adjustable mouth like on some of the block planes.
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Over the last few years since I started posting information regarding vintage hand planes and tools, I've faced up to the fact that I really like these old rusty bits of metal, and can comfortably say I'm a vintage tool collector.