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Stanley No. S 18 Steel Block Plane


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Manufactured: 1925 to 1942
Length: 6 inches
Blade Width: 1-5/8 inches
Construction: Steel
Finish: Japanned
Features: "Unbreakable" version
Uses: General purpose block plane
Average Dealer Price: $100 to $250
Average eBay Price: $90 to $210

Other Notes: Useful in classrooms and trade schools, where breakage is not an issue when dropped on a hard floor.


Updated: 25th July, 2006

Stanley No. S 18 Steel Block Planes on eBay right now...

Stanley No S18 SW Block Plane Inv H 1698
Stanley No S18 SW Block Plane Inv H 1698 $145.00
Time Remaining: 2h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $145.00
STANLEY SWEETHEART S 18 STEEL BLOCK PLANE IN EXCELLENT SHAPELOOK AT THIS
STANLEY SWEETHEART S 18 STEEL BLOCK PLANE IN EXCELLENT SHAPELOOK AT THIS $85.00
Time Remaining: 6d 9h 25m


Sources: While many of the dealers prices for Stanley planes are largely set by John Walters’ book “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” it appears that eBay, while acknowledging the Walters guide somewhat, tends to march to it’s own beat and sets its own prices. For that reason - and the fact that eBay’s reach and customer base is huge - I’ve decided to include a separate eBay average price here. Other sources include: “The Antique Tool Collector’s Guide To Value” by Ronald S. Barlow, “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” by John Walter, “The Stanley Plane” by Alvin Sellens, “Patrick’s Blood & Gore” by Patrick Leach, various auctions and sales of collectable tools and my own compilations of prices realized, observations and notes over the past 20+ years.

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