It was offered separately in other catalogs (hardware firms), which ought to indicate that even Stanley was embarassed with this ugly baby.
The plane is pressed steel, and has a projecting steel palm grip which is fastened to the bottom.
The cutter is sharp, nice clean iron, with lots of stock left for feature use.
This block plane features the large nickel plated cast iron thumb wheel for adjusting the cutter depth, works great!
It has a rear knob, made of rosewood, which is secured onto a metal extension that is itself screwed into the body of the plane.
Always check where the body and the extension piece are screwed together for stress cracks.
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This one is marked "STANLEY RULE & LEVEL" (rounded logo) on the cutter, and "STANLEY NO. The cap cover is also marked with a patent date "PATD.".
The front knob is rosewood with a clear finish on it, solid no cracks, very little wear, nice finish.
It is a rectangular, box-shaped plane sold as a high quality tool designed for the finer work of piano making and cabinet making.
Its sides are ground flat and are square with the sole so that the plane can be used on its side (to function as a shooting plane and fine endgrain work) either right or left handed.