To a Sargent collector, the Sargent 6408 plane is one of the more sought after planes. I never thought I’d ever see one, say nothing about own one.

According to Dave Heckel’s Sargent planes identification and value guide this is a type 1 prototype circa 1906 for John’s Shaw’s patent #824,954. This is the predecessor to the Sargent #7-#24.

It’s unknown if the 6400 series came in anything other than a 6408 size.

The one posted in Sargent Plane by the numbers – with Pictures is a different plane but identical. Both have a type 2 cutter, the brass two piece blade adjuster, the 408 and a dot on the back side of the cap.

Interesting note, Bedrocks came out in 1898, and this Sargent #6408 which is a prototype was made in 1906. Production of the first production Shaw patent was around 1910. But it wasn’t until 1911 that Bedrock converted to the flat side and the improved model, so Sargent had the “no blade removing adjustable frog” first.

 

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See more on the Shaw Patented Sargent plane here.

For More details on John Shaw’s patent, see my #15 restore