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Forum topic by ChrisForthofer posted 06-14-2011 07:20 PM 1378 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2011 07:20 PM

I was recently recieved a gift from my fiance, a spokeshave her uncle gave her when she was back visiting. Its clearly old, has seen good use but is completely serviceable. I like the tools I tune up to be users and this one will certainly see a new life in my shop. It bears a No. 53 marking on the frame but no manufacturer. I guessed it was a Stanley and sure enough Stanley made a #53, pictures I have looked at are identical to what I have, but I cant see any Stanley markings in the pictures either. I havent taken it apart to start restoration so I suppose there may be a stamp or something under the iron but I’d thought I’d ask the knowledgable folks here before digging in. Is what I have likely the real thing or just a copy? Thanks.


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#1 posted 06-14-2011 07:34 PM

Typically, only the blades were marked on the spokeshaves with the Stanley logo. The bodies only had the number cast into them.

Sounds like the real thing to me.


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#2 posted 06-15-2011 12:30 AM

I would agree. Any chance of a photo or two?

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 01:54 AM

Dave, you were spot on, I started going through the gunge and did a preliminary lap on the blade and sure enough found a Stanley Sweetheart logo and made in USA stamped on the iron. It was covered by what I suspect was sap/resin rust and dirt.

The Japanning is in pretty good shape, the sole has seen better days but a preliminary flattening shows it will be a good user. Right now I have it liberally coated in Kroil in a gallon baggie to help lift off some of the tougher stuff. Wayne I will get some pictures in the next few days once its out of its Kroil bath. Might go for the evaporust if the Kroil doesnt do the trick.

Isnt much of a “project” given spokeshaves are so simple but I, like many on this site, like putting old tools back into use. Nothing like adding a little history of your own to a tool.


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