Dating stanley plane blades
I've always used the term 'iron' to represent the chunk of metal you sharpen to make the plane a plane.Stanley, in their reams of propaganda, referred to it as a 'cutter'.So, if you have a plane that's one-half inch shorter or longer than what's mentioned here, don't go thinking that you have some ultra-rare version of the tool.You don't (except in the case of the #2One other thing - you'll note that I sometimes refer to the cutter as the iron and vice versa.
As proof that they were used, they do suffer damage, primarily about their mouth.
The earliest models have an I-shaped, or H-shaped (depending upon how it's viewed) receiving area for the frog.
Subsequent models have the broad and flat receiving area. A smooth plane, according to some Stanley propaganda "is used for finishing or smoothing off flat surfaces.
Let the games begin, starting with the bread and butter of Stanley, upon which they built an empire, the Bailey patent bench plane in its various configurations.
Leonard Bailey designed what has become the standard plane configuration that's still in use to this day.