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04-09-2019 12:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane hand plane hand tool

This is the first hand plane I have bought. I know nothing about them, but am wanting to start learning.

I saw this at a flea market for super cheap so I thought I would give it a shot even if it is bad. Also it is 6” long if that helps

I have 2 questions

1) What kind of plane and who makes it?
2) How can I figure this out myself in the future?


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#1 posted 04-09-2019 02:08 AM

What do the letters and numbers on the plate say? If u look at the iron it may say a brand name like stanley or whatever but it may have been replaced. I got a couple of planes with no brand or useful info atoll. I just sharpen em check em for flat and use em i dont set em on a shelf like trophies

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#2 posted 04-09-2019 02:18 AM

Might be a Kunz brand made in Germany. The type is known commonly as a metal “block plane”. I usually take a good look at the top edge of the blade if there are no other maker marks. Most makers put their name on the blade.

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#3 posted 04-09-2019 02:28 AM

Thanks for the replys. I thought it mught be a block plane.

Sorry for not adding the text, I meant to.

It says “Germany 1110”.

I also took it all apart and don’t see any maker marks.

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#4 posted 04-09-2019 12:54 PM

Yes, definitely a block plane, not sure who your maker is, but that is a clone of the Stanley 110

I’ve got two of them, but have found that they’re a real pain in the butt to adjust, I find that the 60 1/2 and or a 9 1/2 is much easier to use.

There are many sites for Stanley plane info, Patrick's Blood & Gore is a good one. Wood & Shop has a sort of plane info calculator that can pretty quickly get you into the “zone” of what plane you’re looking at. And of course there are several other LJ’s here that know far more than I do, but what I have learned is that plane collecting can get addictive & expensive.

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#5 posted 04-09-2019 11:47 PM

Ohio tools had 1110’s but they were not made in Germany. Theres a lot of good info on this site about hand planes.
https://www.timetestedtools.net/

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#6 posted 04-10-2019 11:46 AM

An Ohio would be 0110. I agree it’s probably Kuntz or Jordan made in Germany. I have a 130 knock off similar.

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#7 posted 04-10-2019 01:26 PM

Thanks everyone this has really helped a lot.

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#8 posted 04-10-2019 03:28 PM

Would Germany indicate pre-WW2?

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#9 posted 04-10-2019 10:17 PM

Yes. In most cases, “foreign” items made before the war (be they tools, toys, china, whatever) were stamped with just their country of origin, to comply with the McKinley tariff Act. After the war, imported items started being marked “Made in _”. Of course, there are exceptions to almost every rule, but this is the normal chronology of marking foreign made goods.

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#10 posted 04-10-2019 11:50 PM

Weren’t Kunz always that john deer green?

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#11 posted 04-11-2019 12:47 AM



Weren’t Kunz always that john deer green?

- SMP


Earlier ones were not.

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#12 posted 04-11-2019 12:53 AM


Weren’t Kunz always that john deer green?

- SMP

Earlier ones were not.

- Don W

Interesting, i’ve only seen the green ones, even the ones labeled “vintage” on ebay. I did like the john deere green plane you had for sale(i forgot brand) cool color but my OCD would want them all to match.

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#13 posted 04-11-2019 11:37 AM

The one I had would have been a Sargent Hercules. The kunz is more of a bright blaze green than a John Deere green. It’s kind of fluorescent. I personally think it’s to bright for a tool.

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#14 posted 04-11-2019 05:54 PM



The one I had would have been a Sargent Hercules. The kunz is more of a bright blaze green than a John Deere green. It s kind of fluorescent. I personally think it s to bright for a tool.

- Don W

Makes me want to run away. lol

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