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post #1 of 5 Old 04-19-2019, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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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! :)

Thanks, all!
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-19-2019, 04:04 PM
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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:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-vintage-s...kAAOSwjyBctzcg


Brand new?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-1-3-4-S...IAAOSwuvFcI8c6
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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.

https://www.google.com/search?q=bob%...=firefox-b-1-m
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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:

http://hocktools.com
http://hocktools.com/products/bp.html

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.
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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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