19 Jul. 1992|
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They say if Stanley could tightenup the ajuster and slim down the tote, then they think a lot of woodworkers would be pleased with it.
I think the new Stanley stuff looks just fine, but I have to ask myself why they haven't been making a premium line all along. The original Sweethearts were made from 1920 to 1932, and you can extend that end date through 1941 and benefit from that combination of relatively advanced, consistent metallurgy and hand workmanship that made superior tools. A Stanley, (pre'62) or Falcon, Record or Anchor with a new A2 iron and a flattened sole will do a great job on any board.
When buying second hand Stanley types I'd stay away from the blue ones and the redish-brown ones. 1) If one can't tell the difference in construction between a LN and a similar Stanly block plane, well, that person is not very observant.
And that's because there's a secondary market for them as well as for the used Stanley planes of a prior generation. My rationale for buying quality new-manufacture tools like L-N or Veritas is simple: buying a L-N or Veritas plane is an economic vote in favor of perpetuating the manufacture of quality tools.
A bit late to the party considering the high regard that the Sweetheart and Bedrock stuff is held in.