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Forum topic by Airframer posted 01-28-2014 03:36 AM 1614 views 0 times favorited 64 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2014 03:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley sweetheart sweet heart

I realized today as I was plugging away at my pile of tools to cleanup and or restore that I am officially smitten by that little heart logo.

We have a forum for everything from saws to handplanes but the Sweetheart line spanned the full line of handtools and even hardware during it’s short lifespan and I thought it would be nice to have a support group for those of us afflicted with SSHA.

Lets see those Sweethearts!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"


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#1 posted 01-28-2014 04:01 AM

I’ll get the ball rolling with some porn..

#3

#4

#19

#81

And more on the pile or in the mail… I officially have the sickness..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 04:15 AM

Good idea. I’ll post some up tomorrow, i think i have a few.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 05:36 AM

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 07:07 AM

I can’t post a picture from my phone, but my bedrock 605 has a sweetheart blade and it’s honestly my favorite plane ever!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 07:08 AM

Smitty, are those vintage sweet heart chisels?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 09:00 AM

AF those are some sweet hand tool porn shots. They make me jealous and salivate at the same time…

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 12:24 PM

Richard, they’re the re-issues, highly recommended…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#8 posted 01-28-2014 12:33 PM

I’m new to the world of hand tools. I’m on LJ researching what will be my first hand plane purchase.

What distinguishes an SW Stanley from other Stanleys? I see that they have a particular logo, but I assume there must be features or a reputation that makes them desirable?

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#9 posted 01-28-2014 12:48 PM

Sweet Hearts were made at the height of Stanley quality production period, late teens to the twenty’s I think.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#10 posted 01-28-2014 12:57 PM

Andy here is a quote from Virginia Toolworks

Originally used from 1920 to 1935, the “S.W.” inside the heart trademark stamp stands for The Stanley Works, and “STANLEY”, obviously stands for the rule and level firm. The two companies share lineage. The heart-shape is a memorial to The Stanley Works long-time president, William Hart (1884-1915).
The first version of the logo had “NEW BRITAIN,” “CONN. U.S.A.” in two lines under the heart, and dates from around 1920. The next version (shown in the photo), dating from 1921-1922, just had “MADE IN U.S.A” below the heart in one line. The final logo, dating from 1923-1932, is similar to the second, but the top of the heart drops inline with the bottom of the notched rectangle. These trademark logos are collectively known as the “sweetheart” logos in the tool collecting world. In the original type studies assigned to mark Stanley’s bench plane evolution, these three variations were used across Types 12 through 15.

Sweetheart era tools are usually more desirable today because most people consider the types 10 though 15 (1910-1932), which includes the Sweetheart years, to be the pinnacle of Stanley’s plane production quality. Certainly, the slow decline of all bench tools began around WWII and after, as modern industrialization took hold and power tools became the standard. By the time Stanley started using blue japanning in 1960, the entire hand tool industry was in its final throws.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#11 posted 01-28-2014 01:14 PM

I have #3 and a scraper SW

-- Bert

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#12 posted 01-28-2014 01:17 PM

Here are a couple new acquisitions from this week..

18” #104 Level and a #66 1/2 folding rule

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#13 posted 01-28-2014 01:36 PM

There is somethin about dem Sweethearts. They’re really the only vintage tool I seek. Of course I’m a type 13 nut:

Ya, I use Hock irons in most, but I still have the sweetheart irons. Some of my bedrocks have the original sweetheart irons. And I’ve got various SW bevel gauges, levels, scrapers I hoard.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#14 posted 01-28-2014 01:47 PM

AF, someone needs to remind you what Anonymous means. After all, this is a public forum. :-)

I knew Smitty would hone in on that topic title, just like a bird dog.

While the Sweetheart era is newer than most of what I collect, I do have a couple. Have to get pics of them tonight.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#15 posted 01-28-2014 01:54 PM

JayT – Shhhhhhh.. don’t tell anyone who we are!

I found these today while browsing the bay… what are you guys’s thoughts on replacement logo’s?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stanley-Plane-restoration-/181309838295?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a36e893d7

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stanley-Plane-restoration-type-1-/181309838296?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a36e893d8

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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