The knob and tote are painted black -- but I applied some stripper and the blue paint just literally dissolved, revealing mostly-intact japanning. I've heard that schools would sometimes paint shop tools (like planes) distinctive colors to discourage theft; maybe this was one such, since the paint doesn't seem to have been very carefully applied. Anyway, it's been soaking in rust remover for a couple of days; I'll start working on it this afternoon.
On the issue of colors -- I understand Stanley/Bailey and Sargent/Craftsman sold some blue planes. What other manufacturers marketed planes in other than basic black?
Last edited by PPBART; 11-18-2018 at 11:08 AM.