This Fulton hand plane is equivalent to the Stanley Bailey No. 3. It was manufactured by Sargent Tools, a Stanley competitor in the 1930-50s. It follows the Stanley 1917 patent and has the frog and frog bed design of the Stanley type 8 planes circa 1899-1902. Fulton planes were the premier plane sold through the Sears Roebuck catalogs in the early 1920-30, prior to the introduction of the Craftsman line of handtools.
I go well beyond restoration, finishing and polishing above what manufacturers were able to do and still sell tools at a profit. All the unjapanned metal parts are still cast iron, not plated, just polished to a mirror like finish. The sole of the plane is lapped to .0015” flat. The blade is hand lapped on an 8000 grit water stone. This plane makes wispy thin, transparent shaving. A joy to use.
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