|Forum topic by AJThompson||posted 263 days ago||562 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
263 days ago
Long-time reader, first-time poster. :)
I’ve bought a few old hand planes at flea markets and swap meets recently because a) it’s fun to restore them, b) my dad does the same thing and we’re both kind of competitive, and c) they’re just gorgeous and I love to look at them. Oh, and I’m also refining (or probably more like developing) my hand tool skills, so I don’t approach purchases as a collector, so much as a future user.
That said, after I find one I like and successfully haggle the price down to under $20, I have a good deal of fun researching the type, popularity, collectibility, etc., before beginning restoration. I found one this weekend, though, that’s stumping me. I know it’s a Stanley No. 5 C, Type 9, and it’s in pretty good condition. But in looking for comparables online, I’m coming up short. Is this because they’re a dime a dozen and no one (but me) buys them? Is it because they’re somewhat rare? Is it because real woodworkers eschew corrugated soles and leave them to collectors (which I learned here)? What gives? I’m having a real hard time finding other examples to compare mine to.
Many thanks for any thoughts you might have.
(And I only paid $10, by the way. Talked the dude down from $25. That alone makes it worthwhile to me.)
-- I'm not a novice, I'm a student. And I'm not a collector, I'm an addict.