Stanley Defiance Line

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Stanley Defiance Line                      See Additional Examples at the bottom of the page

Reference:

The Stanley Plane: A History And Descriptive Inventory

In 1929, Stanley introduced the Defiance tool line. Marked by less expensive, quality tools, the line included all the customary tools, braces, drills, hammers, levels, screwdrivers, squares and planes. By 1939, the line expanded to include awls, bevels, wood and metal chisels, a crowbar, drill bits and bit extensions, files, a hatchet, an ice pick, nail sets, pliers, punches, saw sets, tape measures, tin snips, vises, wrenches, zigzag folding rules and, by 1952, even a wedge vise. With the onset of the Great Depression, company officials sensed a large market of farmers and homeowners who wanted to do their own work with a cheaper, quality set of tools.


The Defiance #1203

1939-1953

Length 8”  Cutter width 1 3/4″

Same as the #1204 except size

The Defiance line was made by Stanley, the Defiance line is the only plane I know of that had this “folded wing”  style lateral. That and if the knob and tote profile matches (flat side, reddish stain, etc) and the frog matches, its a pretty good assumption it was made by Stanley in the Defiance line. Note: some of the late models had a folded later (see #1205 pictured) the same as the late Baileys.

If you’re trying to identify an unknown plane, It’s possible your plane was sold by another hardware store, and never was marked as a Defiance, but it would be a Stanley made plane from the Defiance line. I suspect they didn’t mark the whole line at times so it was easier to sell as other retailers.

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The Defiance #1204

1939-1953

Length 9”     Cutter width 2″

Note: Not all of these had the name stamped on the tote. Many you find will be unmarked.

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The Defiance #1204C

1939 only

Length 9”      Cutter width 2″

Same as the #1204 except corrugated

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The Defiance #1205

1932-1953

Length 14”      Cutter width 2″

Same as the #1204 except size: Not the folded lateral on this later model.

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The Defiance #1205C

1939 only

Length 14”      Cutter width 2″

Same as the #1205 except corrugated

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The Defiance #1213

1932-1942

Length 9”        Cutter width 1 3/4″ or 1 11/16″

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The Defiance #1213 1/2

1932-1942

Length 9”     Cutter width 1 3/4″ or 1 11/16″

The 1213 1/2 is not in Seller’s Book

See Additional Images here

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The Defiance #1243

1940-1962

Length 8” Cutter width 1 3/4″

Same as the Defiance #1244 except size   (pictures compliments of http://www.plane-dealer.com/)

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The Defiance #1244

1940-1962

Length 9” Cutter width 2″

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The Defiance #1245

1940-1950

Length 14” Cutter width 2″

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Additional Examples

Defiance #1204 Smoothing Plane by Stanley

Defiance #1204 Smoothing Plane by Stanley

This is a cleaned Defiance #1204 Smoothing Plane. It’s been sharpened and tuned and only lightly cleaned. This is a great low cost smoothing plane. The knob an d tote are original with most of the original finish missing. Japanning (or actually g...
Defiance #1213 1/2 by Stanley

Defiance #1213 1/2 by Stanley

Stanley Defiance #1213 1/2                                      Back to the Defiance Page This is said to be the the rarest or one of the rarest Defiance planes. They were only made from 1929 – 1932 according to “Antique and Collectible Stanley Tools: Guide t...
Defiance #1213 by Stanley

Defiance #1213 by Stanley

Stanley Defiance #1213 This Stanley Defiance makes a pretty decent scrub plane. The blade has been sharpened with a camber and the mouth is already wide enough for some good size shavings. Here is my write up on Defiance Actual specs: Length 9” ...
Defiance #1244 by Stanley

Defiance #1244 by Stanley

Stanley Defiance #1244 This Stanley Defiance makes a pretty decent scrub plane, although it has a chip breaker so may work as a very light smoother. The blade has been sharpened on this plane, it is as I found it.. Here is my write up on Defiance Actual...
Defiance #1244 by Stanley

Defiance #1244 by Stanley

Stanley Defiance #1244 Here is my write up on Defiance Actual specs: Length 9 1/4” Width 2 1/8” Cutter width 1 13/16” Weight 2 lb 2.4 ozs
Defiance #1245 Jack Plane by Stanley

Defiance #1245 Jack Plane by Stanley

This is a cleaned Defiance #1245 jack plane. Defiance makes a great low cost jack plane for the woodworker who only needs a hand plane occasionally. The defiance 1245 never had a lateral adjustment mechanism so they are ideal for a light weight jack...
Defiance #205 Block Plane by Stanley

Defiance #205 Block Plane by Stanley

Defiance #205 Block Plane by Stanley Description from hansbrunnertools.com offered 1927-1934 6 1/4"  long with  a 1 1/2" cutter Pressed/folded steel construction. Originally part of the Stanley tool chest for boys, later integrated...