|Forum topic by davidroberts||posted 506 days ago||1104 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
506 days ago
So I’m in the market for a Stanley No 6. Zip over to the bay and find several offered. Then start milling around Hyperkitten, RexMill, B&G, and all of the sudden I’m full blown into researching the Types. Now I can spot with some success a pre-Type 5, a 5, a 6, a 9, a 13, a 14, with usually just one average picture if the heel, toe, knob, cap and possibly back of frog are shown. Or at least I can get close. Problem is, I have no ideal which is considered the better Type. I’ve read where some folks prefer the Type 10, while other like Type 15. Each has their preference, based on experience. Since I have no experience other than going down a timeline checklist, which a monkey could do, and now me, the types mean nothing.
On the bay, there seems to be a lot of Type 6 or in the general vicinity, type 9s, and then type 13, 14 and 15. I’m pretty sure types later than 14 and eariler than say Type 4 become harder to distinguish with just a photo or two. I guess ending price could point me in a direction, but I would need to accumulate a lot of price and type data, and someone may be buying that Type 4 at a higher price just because he needs it to round out his collection.
So what Type do you prefer for an everyday user. Is there a big difference say up to the last of the pre-war Types. Is there a cutoff in Types, say Type 5 and older you just would not consider as an everyday user. Thanks for your input and experience.
-- david roberts, who can't think of a catchy tag line.