Let's find out:
|My new Made in England Stanley No. 4.|
|It looked like this when I got it. Not too bad! Only the tab on the lateral adjuster is missing.|
|After a little tune up it seems to work well.|
|Just as fine as my type 11 Stanley.|
Other differences are that the new one has a tall front knob and the type 11 has a low one.
|The knob and tote are made of some kind of injection-molded composite material.|
|Weirdly, they both are No. 4Cs. C is for corrugated sole.|
Today I decided go a bit more in-depth with my rehab of this plane, and work on the cosmetics. The first thing I did was polish up the brass with toothpaste and a gray scratchy on the parts that needed it.
|After and before.|
My time in the Army taught me that raw brass needs to be polished every day or it will start to tarnish and look muddy in a very short time. I thought I'd try an experiment and dip the newly polished brass in shellac to see if it would prevent the brass from oxidizing. I'll report later if it works or not. I only did this to the knob and tote nuts, not the blade adjustment wheel. I figured it was more important for me that the wheel felt right.
|Here is the plane broken down (without blade and chipbreaker) after making everything pretty.|
The original blade sounds and feels a bit different. For lack of a better way to explain it, it has a dry, raspy note to the sound. I've noticed no difference in it's performance, as long as it is sharp.
To complete the comparison, I thought it only fair to give it a try with the Ray Iles blade and Veritas chipbreaker that are in my type 11. This was a nice upgrade. Although I can't say it cut the wood better, it certainly sounded and felt better. In addition, it was very secure when mounted in the plane. I usually tap-adjust the blade with a small hammer, and I really had to whack this blade to get it to move laterally.
That's good. I don't think the blade will shift in the plane in use easily.
|After market goodies mounted in the plane.|
|Knot too shabby. Har-har.|
My guess is many other planes can, too.
Next up: Record No. 4
If you haven't already, read my post on the Stanley type 11.