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Forum topic by canadianchips posted 09-12-2015 12:07 PM 681 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2015 12:07 PM

I often wonder.
Did people actually use these planes in 1800’s. To me they are works af art. Perhaps they were given to the people as a retirement gift ?
Are they a status symbol Once you have been doing excellent work for many years,you are entiltled to use one of these ornate planes ?
Or maybe “Stanley” just made them as another marketing gimmic.
Whatever the case, they are beautiful pieces and I WANT THEM ! (Not willing to pay thousands of dollars for one)

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#1 posted 09-12-2015 12:17 PM

These planes were definitely made for use, and the maker’s craftsmanship was displayed in the tool. Sort of a win-win situation. My first old tool purchase was a Stanley 45, made in 1890’s. On the box of cutters was a statement from an owner of one, it stated that it sold for 8.00 and the carpenter said it has almost paid for itself as he had used it in building two houses. On most old tools you not only see the beauty, but can almost feel the previous owner’s hands on the tool. By the time a man could afford a tool such as these he had earned the right to use it. In those days if you went into another man’s tool box to borrow a tool, you could actually get a broken hand.

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