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From ebay I bought a Stanley 9 1/2 for $21 including shipping. There were just 3 photos, and it looked restore-able. It is, but I noticed the blade (iron) says Craftsman (made in the USA). Now I understand at one time Stanley was making these for Sears, and in fact some have said a great bargain is a Craftsman 9 1/2 made by Stanley. I also got another 9 1/2 that is all Stanley. Only difference I can see is the Stanley iron has 9 slots in the bottom side (for depth adjustment), while the Craftsman had 7 (I could be off one or two, but they are different). I don't think that will have much affect, though it seems I may have a hard time on the Craftsman drawing the iron flush or below the plane sole. That likely will change once I grind and sharpen the iron.

Anyway.. just wondering. For the cost of shipping, it's probably not worth returning. I guess my only issue would be if the Craftsman iron was significantly softer metal than the Stanley. There's no telling how the two found their way together. That would be an interesting story.
 

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I've owned both and can't say I've noticed any significant difference in the blades. What would annoy me is that the Craftsman blade would drive the price down quite a bit had it been revealed in the auction. You can buy (last I looked) a cherry Craftsman 9 1/2 for the price of a very good Stanley 9 1/2. I'd bet you would have saved $5-8. But it's probably not important enough to return it. If the seller could have known it was a Craftsman blade I would mention it, depends on the wording of the auction and experience level of the seller.
 

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Your annoyance is exactly mine. A careful looker may have discerned from the photo that the iron was not Stanley (impossible to read, but maybe could see that Stanley was not imprinted). What's worse is that the descriptions says "To the best of my knowledge all the planes are original condition and contain all original parts". I guess the sellers knowledge did not include reading the words on the iron. Before bidding I did inform that there was a better way to ship; thus reducing shipping. He gave me the lower shipping. I was the only bidder, and I think I now know why. If it functions the same, then I'm not all the concerned. It was $15 plus $6 for shipping. The all-Stanley set me back $35 total.
 

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I think you'll find they are functionally the same. I'd also bet the difference in the cutter has more to due with vintage differences than branding.

Also unless its extremely early, a true Stanley will be cast into the bed. Just keep that in mind when searching eBay. If its a user though, it will work just fine.

I would contact the seller and let them know. You may get a few dollars off, but more importantly it may not happen the next time.
 

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I proposed $6 off which is what it would have cost to return. He has accepted. So for $15 total, and the general consensus that it should perform OK, I'm likely going to keep it. It's out soaking in Pepsi right now. I've read varying opinions on what to use to loosen rust. Vinegar, soda/pop, Evaporust..

The bed says "Stanley". The iron "Craftsman". So presumably some 'swap' occurred in it's life. Hard to say if by this seller or somewhere along it's long life. The iron has very little wear. As I noted in the OP, this iron has 7 slots on the backside for the depth adjuster, whereas the Stanley has 9. I think the spacing is the same, just that the Stanley, in theory, could be sharpened a few times more. But by that time, the iron would be nearly an inch shorter, and probably well past it's useful days. I doubt I'll even get past the first slot.
 
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