Old Stanley hand planes date back to 1870 and are highly sought after in today’s market for their solid craftsmanship and overall quality. Sadly, they were also expensive to make and Stanley discontinued the patterns, opting for planes that were cheaper to produce. Now it seems Stanley has seen the error of their ways and is bringing back the old-style planes, complete with the trademark Sweetheart logo, mechanical precision, adjustment features, and top-shelf materials to win woodworkers’ favor yet again. We can only hope.
The line-up of five new Stanley Sweetheart premium planes includes a No. 4 smoothing bench plane, a No. 62 low angle jack plane, a No. 92 shoulder/chisel plane, a No. 60-1/2 block plane, and a No. 9-1/2 block plane. Each hosts a mechanical adjustment to open and close the mouth quickly (except the No. 92). Just loosen the knob, slide the adjuster to the desired setting, and then tighten the knob back to secure it into place.
The new planes also feature a thicker blade, constructed from A2 steel with the intent that it holds an edge longer than standard carbon steel. A precise machined base and solid brass knobs echo what Stanley hopes will be the hallmarks of heirloom quality hand planes.
We got a very brief look at these recently and they do look on the level. Stanley tried to meet or exceed all the old specs that went with the old planes and spent a great deal of time making the new offerings “right” for consumers today. We hope after we get a few in for test that this is the case.
Expect to pay around $99 to $180 a pop for the planes, depending on the size and model.
Sweetheart Premium Hand Planes [Stanley]