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This is the first in a series of block planes, which Stanley offered in practically every shape and color.Buying a block plane, as we are about to see, was almost like buying an automobile, where options galore were available to Mr. Stanley, in their marketing propaganda, claimed that "A Block Plane was first made to meet the demand for a Plane which could be easily held in one hand while planing across the grain, particularly the ends of boards, etc.Start by reading Patrick Leach's comments on Stanley plane dating. If you thirst for heaps of data on plane dating, visit the Plane Type Study or the Plane Feature Timeline. This page leads you down a hypertext flowchart to determine your plane type.It includes links to Patrick Leach's original Plane Type Study and the Plane Feature Timeline.The cutter is pitched at about 20 degrees and is bedded in the plane bevel side up.It has a rear knob, made of rosewood, which is secured onto a metal extension that is itself screwed into the body of the plane.Always check where the body and the extension piece are screwed together for stress cracks.
Since this plane used a conventional bench plane cutter, the company logo that's stamped at the heel (top) of the iron isn't visible when looking at the plane from above.
It looks like a conventional bench plane's lever cap, but its neck (the narrowest part of the cap) is longer than the common lever caps used on the bench planes.
Unscrupulous dealers will use a #4 lever cap as a replacement.
The 'cap iron' on this tool is really not a cap iron, in the conventional sense, like those used on the bench planes.
Instead, this 'cap iron' only serves to engage the y-shaped fork so that the cutter can take advantage of the patented adjusting mechanism.