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11-17-2013 11:02 PM

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Aloha, I have a friend who was showing me his 1990’s Record/Marples #4 bought from Garrett Wade in 1994.It has the knurled lever cap (Is this a contradiction?) and not the lever style cap.We took the blade out and there are no identifying marking anywhere on the blade.There is a distinct bluing (tempering?) on the blade that goes through the round part of the slot on the bevel side. Looking at it from the side, I can see a distinct lamination line the length of the blade. I happened to have a Hock blade (O1) on hand and both blades are the same thickness which surprised me. My friend assured me that the plane has been in a box since 1996 and he had no aftermarket blade installed. Can anyone educate me this: Did R/M planes all come with lam blades and were they all as thick as Hock O1 blades? Also, why are there no markings on this blade (or was this a Garrett Wade upgrade) Any light on the subject- I’ve looked on UKForums, Cianperez, Record Planes and a fistful of sites that I can’t remember now .

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#1 posted 11-18-2013 02:14 AM

I own seven Record bench planes and not one of them has an unmarked blade. I have looked at an awful lot of Record planes and same goes for all of those; never saw one without markings on the blade. The lever cap you describe is not common for a Record, but some models definitely had them. My #7 has the same type cap.

I just went to check my planes for you to help find an answer. I have a couple of Hock O1 blades so I took one from a #5 and matched it up to my Records. It is thicker than the stock blades from #s 3, 4, 4 1/2, and 5. However, it was the same thickness as a #7 and 8. I see no lamination lines in any of the Record blades. My guess is you have a non-Record blade. Beyond that, I have no idea what you have.

I only have one that is a Record/Marples; a #4. Same goes for that blade also.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 11-18-2013 04:30 AM

Mike , thanks for the info. Yeah, it’s got me scratching my head.Everything on the plane seems stock except the blade. I wonder if somehow some guy at Garrett Wade switched out the blade.I’m trying to track down a GW 1994/1995 catalog to see if there are any clues in there. My friend only owns a block and the R/M #4 plane. So, it’s not like he got his blades mixed up at some point. Every R/M I’ve seen also has a stamp on the top of the cutter. According to my reading on the subject, some of the older Records and Stanleys had lam blades for a short time. Oh, well, I’ll keep on googling.

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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