An original has its rod perfectly parallel to the sole of the plane, whereas the reproduction has its tilted upward toward the tote.
By relocating the circular hole toward the bottom of the cutter, the iron can be used right up to the slot, without sacrificing the advantage gained from the lateral adjustment lever.
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Leonard Bailey designed what has become the standard plane configuration that's still in use to this day.
He was the undisputed champion of the plane slugfest that errupted in the decades after the Civil War.
The plane always has a solid brass nut for the iron's depth adjustment; i.e., the brass nut does not have the hollow depression that is typically found on the nuts used on the larger bench planes.
They are cute little planes that look sorta neat on a mantle, or on top of your TV, which is probably a better place for them than in your shop due to their value.
This plane was designed to smooth small areas and was found practical by many since it can be used with one hand, much like a block plane is.