The Rapier Block

See my other block plane post

This Rapier Block showed up in my shop one day, thanks to my LJ friend Poopiekat.

Rapier is an English made plane. I always thought it was a Stanley knock off, but this is a little different. The plane is much heavier than a similar Stanley. The cutter tightening nut is solid and much heavier.


The cutter (marked “Best Sheffield Tool Steel) is harder and thicker than a similar Stanley. It works extremely well.



I debated repainting this. I still may in the future. But for now, it rest along side my other block planes. At the ready, but unlikely to be uesed.


5 Responses to The Rapier Block

  1. Andy Lovelock says:

    The shavings cannot lie Don. Nice job!

  2. Poopiekat says:

    Glad it went to a good home, Don! I really like my Rapiers, and what you did with that cutter is awesome!

  3. Rex Wenger says:

    Would you consider selling? Rex

  4. Pedro the Parrot says:

    I have 5 or so Rapier bench planes and the block plane you have there. They have two advantages over the numerous elderly Stanley planes I own; so much so that they are my favoured planes in the shop. Firstly the castings are heavier, a boon when using the smoother for its intended purpose. Secondly the Irons seem to be harder and thicker than a typical Stanley.

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