I’m confused by Joshua’s dating guide.
I understand the Stanley #5 made from 1885-1888 is the gold standard but most of the Stanley #5 planes I’m seeing for sale out there are made far after that. They have patent dates behind the frog, have a blue body, etc. I even noticed on Home Depot that Stanley is still producing the #5 jack plane.
This guide makes it seem like the No 5 Stanley plane was only made from 1885-1888.
Any clarification would be great.
Also, what issues would I run into if I picked up a Stanley #5 made after WWII (or gasp, a new one from Home Depot that people consider “junk”)?
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