Available as blade only, in which case it is known as a single iron , or offered complete with chip breaker and screw when they are termed a double iron. Stanley® replacement plane irons are made from hardened and tempered high carbon chrome steel which have excellent edge retention characteristics and allows a razor sharp edge to be honed.
|Plane Blade Width||60 mm (2.3/8")|
26 September 2018
bad quality controlIts clear from reading reviews left by others that it is possible to buy one of these and get a half decent iron, which is what prompted me to buy one for a second hand Stanley no.6 I picked up. The iron I had delivered to me is frankly terrible, so there are clearly quality issues wherever these are produced. It was/is badly cupped, its not even close to flat on the back. Its not usually a problem if its concave, as you just have to flatten a few mm along the edge, but the iron I received is badly convex so I had to spend ages flattening the high spot in the middle, which didn't seem to respond to a few whacks from my nylon mallet, which I have used before with some decent results. In the end I gave up and used a small steel rule on my diamond plate to add a back bevel or "York pitch", its not ideal but it will do until I find a better iron.
16 January 2018
Stanley plane ironI agree with the former review these are good irons dont cost the earth and if your plane is set up correctly and the iron sharpened correctly they work fine, however if you want the best out of your plane a Veratias cap irion makes a big diffrence to the plane and well worth the investment, I fittited one on my 604/12 bedrock and the result was amazing so now I have retro fitted my 7s&5s with the same they are great in holding the iron flat against the cap iron and in difficult grain makes the old stanleys just as good as anything the top 3 produce and in time I intend to make the change to all my Stanley's which I have had for years and will see me out and even those who they end up with when I'm gone.
10 June 2014
Good quality and value for money option for your old Stanley planesI bought a single iron for my old Stanley 4 1/2. I'm pretty happy with it- it's of similar quality to the original and it's Sheffield made so I expect it to hold a reasonable edge, at least for the kind of work I do. A little bit of work on the back face to remove the grinding marks, add a secondary bevel and I was ready to go! I've tried those expensive replacement irons from other premium manufacturers but unless you're working with expensive hardwoods I don't see the point. These original thin irons work just fine, once your plane is properly set up and your edge is sharp there's no need to be wasting time and money on grinding and sharpening those thick irons.