Stanley Type 20

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Type 20      1962-1967

All features of TYPE 19 except castings are now painted blue.
* Hardwood handles and knobs have a light color stain.
* The forked lever adjustment is now pressed steel of two pieces.
* Lateral lever has pressed steel thumb grip rather than a separate piece.
* STANLEY name eliminated from lateral lever.


**High front knob
** Raised ring cast in bed at toe
**Plane Size Cast in Toe in front of the knob
**”Bailey” Cast in Toe behind the knob
**”Made In USA” Cast behind frog
** Hardwood knob and tote instead of Rosewood painted black
**Large depth adjuster nut (1 1/4”)
**Left handed depth adjuster nut
**Kidney shaped hole in lever cap
**Stanley logo on the lever cap
**Smaller sizes have rib at heel, #5 and larger will have a rib at toe and heel
**Frog adjustment screw
**Ogee shaped frog
**One piece folded Lateral Adjuster
**Knob & Tote stained and new style

**Most castings are now painted Blue

**Note “Made In USA” may be further back (behind tote) on longer sizes

**Check all listed, but telling signs of a type 20 is Blue colored japanning.


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This study concludes with TYPE 20. Many changes were made after 1970. However, the author (Roger K. Smith) believes they are not of enough historical significance to collectors, at this time, to warrant inclusion in this study.

This study is based on (l) 80% long-term observation of at least 4 identical and proper specimens of each type, (2) 10% data obtained from The Stanley Plane by Alvin Sellens, and (3) 10% data obtained from over 50 original and 10 reprinted Stanley Catalogs issued between 1870 and 1964, in the author’s collection.

Explanations of how each conclusion was reached would require about another page each. Such additions would defeat the purpose of this study, which is to be as clear and concise as possible. Appreciation is extended to John Wells of Berkeley, Cal. for most of the artwork not available in catalogs, etc.


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