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Brett

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905 days ago

I bought a Stanley Bailey No. 6 online recently. It appears to be a Type 10 (two patent dates on the bed, and a frog adjustment screw).

The strange thing is that the plane iron has “STANLEY” in block letters stamped across the top. Nothing else. No other words, pictures, outlines; nothing.

When I look at pictures at the Rex Mill Pictorial Type Study (https://home.comcast.net/~stanleyplanes/planes101/typing/typing.htm), I can’t find any that match. Could this be a replacement plane iron? Was it left unfinished on a Friday afternoon by an employee? Any ideas?

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#1 posted 905 days ago

Sounds like an earlier iron to me, as in before the V logo. Got a picture to post? That’d help a lot…

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#2 posted 905 days ago

the one thing you will read is Stanley was great at using what they had in stock. The type studies are just that…..studies. You will find all iterations because Stanley would build there planes with what parts they had in stock.

So was it a replacement? Maybe. Was it something they found in the warehouse and decided to use up? maybe.

As Smitty suggested, post some pictures, but the answer will most likely be “maybe”.

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#3 posted 905 days ago

Is the round cut out part on the bottom or the top of the blade? I.e., near or far from the lettering?

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#4 posted 903 days ago

The round part is cut out from the bottom of the blade.

Here’s a picture of the lettering:

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#5 posted 903 days ago

try hyperkitten

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#6 posted 903 days ago

According to the Rex Mill photographic type study, the Type 6 planes sometimes only had STANLEY stamped on the iron. Funny that a Type 6 iron would be on a Type 10 plane.

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#7 posted 903 days ago

Post #2 above is how I’d figure this iron came to be in this particular plane. But really, it’s a fun little mystery!

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#8 posted 903 days ago

Brett the link you have is’nt working

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#9 posted 903 days ago

Interesting. I would definitely agree with Brett about it being a type 6 iron.

It could be that Stanley was using up old parts, or possibly the original iron was replaced by the plane’s owner at some point with an older iron he had lying around.

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