To maximize your plane's performance, a thicker chip breaker (cap iron) can stabilize the blade's cutting edge reducing vibration and chatter.
Dating stanley plane blades
& please include pictures of the tools that you need parts for.
Planes, Scrapers & Spokeshaves, and other tools have threaded parts have proprietary & obsolete threads and are not available in hardware stores. To assist you in supplying the right parts for specific models and vintage tools, please provide me with pertinent physical details: markings on the tools -patent dates, trademarks, etc.
I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.
Unfortunately, many plane types share the same bed markings, so other features are also used in dating.
In addition, most items are described with remarks in respect to percent of original finish (including re-paints); pitting; chips; breaks; repairs, owner's marks; missing, replaced and/or non-vintage parts, etc.
My perception of condition is conservative and hopefully you will be pleased with receiving an item that will be better than your expectations.If you find errors or discrepancies, Patrick's Plane Type Study is the final authority.Start by reading Patrick Leach's comments on Stanley plane dating. If you thirst for heaps of data on plane dating, visit the Plane Type Study or the Plane Feature Timeline. This page leads you down a hypertext flowchart to determine your plane type.All sizes in production including those with corrugated bottoms. Lateral adjustment lever with patent dates 10-21-84 &7-24-88. The planes were identical to the original Stanleys, except for the markings on the beds, (W.., K..), Keen Kutter and Winchester trademarks on the blades and frogs with twisted lateral levers.Our high carbon steel blades can be honed more easily and will get sharper.