The cutter is marked with the patent number for the kidney shaped hole in the lever cap which was introduced in 1933. Basically the sole and side rails were cast thicker and the plane is heavier because of it.A super nice example from an era becoming harder and harder to find nice examples from. Here is a nice type 14 Stanley Jack Plane dating from approx. They are only proper when marked on the casting with a H. When properly tuned and sharpened they can move a lot of wood in a short time. This # 8 jointer plane is a type 11 dating it from 1910 or later.I paid a little more than was necessary because I bought planes that had intact handles and were well presented (with several clear photographs). If you don’t know anything about hand planes, buying them on Ebay can be an expensive way to learn.
Maybe we could generate a list of other non-plane Handyman products, too? I use it just as often as my better planes which is not often LOL.; -- Ken from Ontario, Canada Don’t go hating on Stanley now just because they learned how to market to a broader audience in the 50’s.
Yes, a lot of the line was cheaper, but some pieces were just rebranded from their regular line.
As you can see, there are several differences among my various Handymans. I even havd a trisquare with that red handle, with “Handyman” cast into it. Then we can work toward an answer to Don’s question… I’ll have to dig up my Popular Mechanics magazines and see if there are ads for Handyman stuff.
Some have a bright plated lever cap, others with hammertone finish or solid gray paint over a crudely cast cap. Used to have a line up of three bench planes and a block plane. Some have almost no “foot” others have a normal foot. -- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
Of all the antique hand tools made, the wood plane is one of the most highly sought after by tool collectors.