I was picking up a workbench that I found on craigslist, when the seller informed me that he a few other odds n’ ends that he was also trying to sell. He directed toward a table covered with various tools. Mostly un-notable pliers and wrenches. However, there was one gem among the rubble.
A Record 09 1/2, for the king’s ransom of $6. Pretty nice shape, with only a bit of surface rust. I spent about 5 minutes cleaning it off with a scotchbrite pad, but still need to go through the usual cleaning/tuning process.
I don’t know much about the history, collectability, or monetary value of hand planes. I’m pretty sure this is a more recently produced tool and not as highly regarded as its vintage predecessors. None-the-less, I’m glad to have stumbled upon it. My only other block plane is a plain-jane, non-adjustable Craftsman I bought new a couple years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like the Craftsman. It works great for general chores and has a nice heft and feel. It will not be retired. But the Record, with its smaller size and adjustable mouth will be nice for smaller detail work. I look forward to putting it into service.
And to be honest, I’ve always wanted to own and try a record plane. I guess I now have my chance. If I find the Record to my liking, I’ll have to add the low angle version to the mix as well.