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04-29-2012 03:55 PM

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I have a selection of hand tools in the shop. The “usual” names of course are easy to find out about. One name i have in the shop is a lot harder to find anything about. Some company called “Worth’? I have a adjustable wrench stamped with this name, a #5 sized jack plane with that name stamped into the iron. A few chisels as well. Wiki only has a NJ hardware store by that name. Not sure if it is the same bunch. most of the tools i have are kind of old, hand-me-down, types from the 30-50s. Not even sure who made the tools for them. maybe they were a version of Monkee-Wards?

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 04:57 PM

Not sure if it’s the same company, but they make tools as well.

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 05:13 PM

I have a Worth brace and this little bit of info satiated my curiosity so i did not investigate further. I am sure there is much more info out there but it should give you a starting point.

“Worth” was a brand name used by the large hardware firm of Bigelow & Dowse
of Boston in the 1925-45 time frame. Many of their tools were made for them
by Peck, Stow & Wilcox, and some apparently by Stanley. Almost without
exception the “Worth” tools I have seen (braces, draw knives, chisels, etc)
are quality tools, well worth the short money they seem to command. In
fact, as user tools I think they are real bargains. The Worth braces were
almost certainly made by Peck, Stow & Wilcox and are excellent tools.

Info copied from here.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 05:43 PM

I’ve seen plane irons in the Northeast marked “Worth”, on both
iron and wood-bodied planes so it makes sense that it was a
regional brand originating from Boston. I think I have a Worth
plane iron in my stuff somewhere… fits a Bailey.

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 05:35 PM

The only Differences i found between a early Stanley #5 and the Worth, are the sheet metal frog instead of cast iron, and about 1/2” of length missing on the Worth. Every thing else screams “Stanley”, but the frog. Even the knob and tote look like a stanley Low Knob & #5 Tote. lever cap as well. Maybe a Stanley made plane for the Worth company?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 05:58 PM

I highly doubt the plane was made by Stanley. All the Stanley made planes I have seen have all had the the same frog design as the Stanley name brand planes.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 07:12 PM

Seems a “Company” that made PEXTO tools, also make Stanley “knock-offs”. Oh, well. as long as this old plane still works. It was fun restoring it back to life, though. For $10, not too bad. Yep, could have got a Stanley #5 off of Fleebay for $9.95, BUT then there is all that shipping costs as well.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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