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But it started me down the line of handtools, so while I will never use it again (it has been replaced with a Sweetheart era Stanley #4) I will keep it and let it slowly rust away.
Enjoy your #5 and have fun with it, and if you ever do replace it, keep it and hang it on the wall in your shop./r/woodworking is your home on reddit for furniture, toys, tools, wood, glue, and anything else that has to do with woodworking as a hobby or profession.
The throat has a tiny imperfection, like a 1/32 I have pictured.
A pretty nice example that could be further cleaned up to be at least fine and a highlight of any Stanley tool collection. It is all original and has had nothing done to it beyond a lite clean. The J logo, Stanley in a notched rectangle dates this plane from after 1935.
As mentioned in another comment, down the line, once you get bit by the bug you might feel like getting a different "better" one, but it will take you a while before you would notice the difference.
To give you a comparison, my first plane was a Footprints #4 from Home Depot for , now that is a piece of crap if there ever was one.
There is no rust or pitting, just genuine patina on the body and sole. The lever cap has no pitting or rust and is very nice. The rosewood handle is nice and has a pretty nice partial original decal on it.There is no rust or pitting, just genuine patina on the body and sole. The Stanley marked lever cap has no pitting or rust and is very nice. The rosewood handle and knob are nice noting crazing in the finish.A nice example that will be the highlight of any Stanley plane or tool collection.This early Stanley #1 smooth plane is in fine restored condition. A nice example of an early Stanley #1, the most popular collectible plane out there.It has been lapped and had a new japanned coating applied and looks great. Note the beaded front knob, and the beautiful proper smaller profile, more curved than later examples, rosewood handle. It will be the highlight of any Stanley plane or antique tool collection. It has a full length AA Sweetheart logo cutter with original grind.