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Forum topic by MichiganCur posted 03-10-2014 03:11 PM 1101 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2014 03:11 PM

Ohhhhh my first post… I feel like it should be something epic, but instead, it’s just a little request for help lol.

Anyways I found this today. After some dirt grime and rust removal, this is what I got. Sorry in advance, the Crummy cell phone is the best camera in the house. (hope that this works, my photobucket account is jacked)

My concerns are that the handles don’t look like other known Stanley ’s I’ve seen. The 649 looks rather amateurish to me. I haven’t seen a Stanley logo that small on a blade before, but after a little looking, could it be a sweetheart logo and the rest is still covered with rust? Sorry, the camera doesn’t have a macro feature

Thanks for the help

P. S. Sorry for the massive pictures, I’ll try to see if I can figure out how to resize them when I get the computer fired up later today. Thanks again

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#1 posted 03-10-2014 04:11 PM

Looks like the flat-handled version of the Stanley 52. Although my 52 has the handle raised, not indented. Though I thought the 52’s were stamped as 52. I’ll have to check mine when I get home. Maybe it isn’t.

edit : Looks like some of the 51’s were stamped with ‘649’ on the cap.

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#2 posted 03-10-2014 05:19 PM

Thanks Ed, I think that you might be right, I’ve always just seen curved handle versions. I adjusted my search for a #52 and see a few more like it, feeling a little more comfortable that it might be a Stanley after all. Like you said though no stamping on the back of the shave is a little different.

Thanks again for the help

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#3 posted 03-10-2014 06:06 PM

Looks like a Stanley logo and maybe a sweetheart one under the rust on the blade to me. In that condition you’re extremely unlikely to harm it’s value by taking a wire brush or little sanding block to the logo part to carefully uncover it.

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#4 posted 03-10-2014 08:29 PM

Thanks Tim, I think I am going to give it another round of rust bath before going to a mechanical removal. I was hoping that it would be better than naval jelly, but seems to come out with the same type of finish to the metal. Hopefully a little bit of buffing will bring some luster to the bare metal before waxing and sharpening it.

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