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A special 2 piece cap iron for extremely rigid blade clamping is standard on all Clifton bench planes.
The combination of a heavy blade, 2 piece cap iron, and a heavy, flat, gray iron body makes these planes even more suited for planing very difficult woods than the average Stanley ever was. The Clifton Number 3 is the smallest size bench plane that can function as an all-around smoother. If you do most of your accurate joinery using power tools, the Clifton Number 6 plane is a good choice.
The Clifton Number 7 Jointer plane is 22" long and is designed for jointing accurate surfaces and edges to true. It's shorter than the Number 4 (and a smaller size can be better for a smooth plane), and its narrower blade means it's easier to use.

Our thought is that it's too big to be a true smoother, and historically these planes were quite rare. It doesn't have the accuracy of the really long planes, but it's long enough to be a great panel plane with a good heft to it that makes it sit solidly on the wood. It's practical for someone who needs a pretty long plane for final surfacing of glued up boards, but only occasionally needs a very long plane for accurate edge joints.
It's a little too long and heavy for general work, but when you need an accurate long plane it's perfect.
The important distinguishing characteristic that made these planes so desirable, and so worthy of duplicating, is the frog adjustment. This is the closest equivalent to an English panel plane and it also makes a fine, large shooting plane.

Of the long planes it's the least common - most people go for the number 7 - but it does have its place.
The frog, the part of the plane where the blade rests, is attached to the sole of the plane in a precisely machined channel. When I think back to my hunt 15 years ago for my Stanley Bedrock 604, I can't help but envy the new generation of woodworkers who can buy a top notch new plane right off the shelf.
The machined channel gives a more solid fit to the tool, which translates into less chatter and better planing and the frog can be easily moved with the plane blade in place, so that you can quickly close or open the plane mouth.

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