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#1 posted 12-20-2012 07:11 PM

Unfortunately the blade is probably the worst identifier. My first Sargent #418, the one that I have had in my possession +50yr that came from my GG-GF, has/had a Stanley Sweetheart blade on it! I swapped it out for Hock blade.

The BASE/sole of the is the truest indicator of the make of the plane since the blade, cap, and frog can all be so easily changed. It is very hard to trust the heritage of a plane without finding it in a barn yourself. Here is some of what I have learned, at least concerning the #418 and #422 Sargents. Look at the base in front, but under the frog. That area may be thick or thin, as well as the overall thickness of the body in determining the age/type of the plane:

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