NORRIS was established in 1860 and made the world's finest planes until the 1950s. Considered the Rolls Royce of hand planes, a phrase coined in a Fine Woodworking Magazine article in the 1980s. In its day a Norris plane cost 4 times that of a comparable Stanley.The Norris has a much thicker iron and cap iron. It is a heavier plane. Also, the iron sits on wood as opposed to metal. All of these things prevent chatter and create a smoother cut. In 1913 Norris patented his famous adjuster which provides micrometer-like, smooth blade adjustment.
In 1922 he patented an improvement to this adjuster. This adjuster allowed Norris to outdistance his product from his competitors. It is still copied today.
Earlier planes: Planes circa 1928 and earlier are found with finial lever cap screws and most often WARD irons. The 1928 Norris catalog shows both finial and flat top cap screws along with Ward and Norris irons.
The two aforementioned adjuster patents will also aid accurate dating. Tool - tools - carpenter - carpentry - cabinet maker - woodworking - plane - router - stanley - norris - mathieson - preston - spiers - tyzack - i sorby - marples - record - woden - chisel - saw - disston - collectable - collector? S - unique - Goodell-Pratt - Goodell Pratt - Moulding - karl holtey - lie nielsen - veritas. The item "NORRIS NO A5 SMOOTHING PLANE OLD ANTIQUE VINTAGE" is in sale since Friday, September 20, 2019.This item is in the category "Collectables\Tools & Collectable Hardware\Collectable Tools\Carpentry & Woodworking Tools\Planes". The seller is "unlimitedshoppers" and is located in Croydon. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay.