I picked up this Stanley Bailey no. 4 at the flea market this morning.
I never thought I would see a Stanley plane here, especially one in such good condition. It has ‘made in england’ cast on the body, also on the blade. I almost didn’t buy it because of the plastic handles, but ended up getting it for around US$17. Very little rust, japaning is about 98% intact. Once I got it home and took it apart, it appeared that someone had used it once, cutting too deep (thick shavings found under blade), and then never used it again !! The blade has obviously never been dulled or resharpened.
I set it up to cut thin and tried it out on a piece of pine and it produced see through shavings with ease.
My question is, when were these plastic handled stanley bailey planes produced ?
Are they generally considered decent ?