This Rapier Block showed up in my shop one day, thanks to my LJ friend Poopiekat.

Rapier is an English made plane. I always thought it was a Stanley knock off, but this is a little different. The plane is much heavier than a similar Stanley. The cutter tightening nut is solid and much heavier.

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The cutter (marked “Best Sheffield Tool Steel) is harder and thicker than a similar Stanley. It works extremely well.

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I debated repainting this. I still may in the future. But for now, it rest along side my other block planes. At the ready, but unlikely to be used.