Bailey's No. 3 plane iron
I picked up a Bailey's No. 3 yesterday and see that the plane iron is about gone. Wonder where to get a good replacement? Prices range from $18 to over $50 and I don't quite know who to trust.
Also it looks like the screw to hold the iron and chip breaker together is not original and it doesn't hold. I plan to replace it with a 5/16" x 24 tpi bolt unless I can find something better.
I plan to clean it up and use it! :)
Where did you try?
The good thing about Ebay is their member rating AND their return policy. I use Ebay all the time with good results, including vintage planes:
Bob Kaune tools. He is absolutely trustworthy. Website is not perfect, but email him what you want and he will respond quickly with what he has.
Hock Tools makes high quality plane blades. They are not cheap, but you get the best quality available. They know a lot about plane blades. They make irons (blades) and caps for a #3 Stanley hand plane in multiple types of tool steel to choose from:
They sell irons (blades) and caps separately, and sets of irons and caps together.
I do not have personal experience with Hock blades yet. I have several friends who highly recommend them. I am restoring a hand plane whose blade may be too thin by the time I finish flattening it, and my friends have urged me to stop wasting time and buy a Hock blade set for it. A new Hock blade would cost more than I paid for the entire plane, so I am reluctant to invest more money. If I must replace the blade with a new one, I promise that it will be a Hock blade. They have a reputation for exceptional quality.
Just realized, my Bailey #3 appears to be of the same vintage as yours. My iron was also used up and I replaced it with a period correct one from Bob Kaune. It was more expensive to have a period correct iron, but Bob has everything. If you just want a replacement iron, I imagine Bob would have one for under $20. Take care of that cap iron with the Bailey patent date! It is a precious piece of history.
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