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hairy

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08-26-2015 04:23 PM

I’m on the fence about thinning the herd. I have some tools that I don’t and probably won’t use. For instance:

This No.12 scraper plane appears to me to be in good shape, but I don’t know what goes into setting a price. It’s a cool tool with an interesting look, but lately I see $. It has a new Hock blade and the old patina. I look at ebay and old tool dealers for pricing. They are all over the map on prices.

I see some that are cleaned up and spit shined and then some old crusty ones like mine. I’m sure there is criteria for collectors that might be different for users.

Here’s where I get confused. Normally, scrubbing the patina off of an antique decreases it’s value. Does that apply here? Mainly, this is a general question about old tools, but any advice on this one is appreciated. Thanks!!

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Don W

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#1 posted 08-26-2015 05:08 PM


Here s where I get confused. Normally, scrubbing the patina off of an antique decreases it s value. Does that apply here? Mainly, this is a general question about old tools, but any advice on this one is appreciated. Thanks!!

- hairy

You’re going to get as many different opinions on this as there are cornflakes in a box. The differentiating factor is typically the person’s self-definition of patina. In the case of this tool, which I would classify as a user and only a moderate collectors value, the patina looks good. I don’t think bringing it to brand new and shiny would hurt the value, but I don’t think it would help it either. I would personally oil it, wax it and do a little moderate maintenance and sell it as is. Show some pictures with shavings to show how well it works.

As for a price, as always ebay is all over the board. I would think at $50 it would sell quickly. I think $65 would be a fair price. If I was putting it on ebay I’d ask $85 which would net you about $65 after all fee’s anyhow.
It’s my opinion and as with all free advice, well….you know!

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rwe2156

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#2 posted 08-26-2015 06:17 PM

Check Ebay buy it now prices. That will give you a ball park.

Other than that, put it up for auction with a reserve price point.
Never know where it will go.

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#3 posted 08-26-2015 06:32 PM

When you do a search on eBay, in the advanced options, check “show sold items only”. That’ll shown you what people are actually paying as opposed to what sellers are asking. It’ll narrow the range quite a bit.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 08-26-2015 07:16 PM

Hairy

Patina is for collectors and they will pay a higher price if it is something they want for the collection. For others who are users they like the shiny stuff.

Let me know what you are going to sell there are a lot of things I need for me and the vets I teach hand tools to.

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#5 posted 08-26-2015 09:40 PM

Hey hairy, the main answer would be what the market will bare, the Number 12 1/2 is the one collectors look for as it has a sole of rose wood. The number 12 is a good plane but, the one in the picture looks like it has pitting in the bottom, still a nice scraper though. I’ve seen them go for anywhere between 45.00 and 65.00. The patina is most important when you have an extremely rare tool, otherwise like it has been said just oil and wax and you are good to go. Have fun and make some dust.

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#6 posted 08-26-2015 09:45 PM

Hey hairy, gonna play Columbo here, “just one more thing, sir….The SW on the brass knob, Stanley Sweet Heart logo, is from 1920 through the 1930 period.

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#7 posted 08-26-2015 09:50 PM

Another way to think of it is how nice it will be not to worry about getting absolute top dollar. Want to move it fast and get it out of your hair? Price it fair and it will move fast. A true “collector” tool is either rare or new in the box – preferably both.

-- Third rail

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hairy

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#8 posted 08-26-2015 10:46 PM

Lots of good advice here. Thanks! Collectors are either rare or top condition, users are lesser value, I guess that makes sense. I’m up to 11 old planes I’ll probably sell as is.

Remember the old cartoons where a wolf was drooling when he looked at some animal and saw it on a plate? That’s me right now when I look at my tools.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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Don W

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#9 posted 08-26-2015 10:54 PM

11 planes? You’re no were near the limit.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#10 posted 08-27-2015 12:09 AM

Hairy,
Think very carefully. Unless you really need the Dollars, don’t sell. These may be a Treasure to you and you may regret selling them.

Kind regards,

Cliff.

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#11 posted 08-27-2015 12:24 AM

I’ll give you a dollar-two-eighty for it! :-)

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