Norris Number 53M Malleable Iron Bench Plane

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Norris No. 53M Malleable Iron Bench Plane
Norris No. 53M Malleable Iron Bench Plane

Adjustable Planes fitted with Norris Patent Adjustment.

The patent adjustment is an effective device, giving lateral and vertical
movements to the cutter and is controlled by one operating knob.

Fitted with best quality rosewood, gunmetal lever and standard cutters.
Gunmetal, steel faced, parallel sides. 13½" long x 2¼" cutter.
Extra Cutters to fit above planes, 1/10 each.

Cutter Width 2"     2⅛" 2¼"
Price (1908 Price List)
Price (1914 Catalogue) 20/6
Price (1928 Catalogue)
Price (1930 Catalogue)

NOTES: This plane was introduced as the Norris No. 53M "Ordinary Iron" plane in the 1914 catalogue. It was 13½ inches long and came with a 2¼ inch cutter.

Like other planes in the '50 series', the cutting iron rests on two metal 'bosses', thus providing great stability. A secondary function of these metal bosses was to secure the closed rear handle, which was sandwiched between them and riveted, screwed or bolted in place. The handle also held the adjuster mechanism.

Levercaps were gunmetal or steel and came with a number of different Norris marks or stamps. The plane is often stamped with the casting registration "REGD NO. 637730" on the toe. Woods used for the handle and bun were either rosewood, walnut or mahogany.

This plane was dropped from the Norris range by the 1928 catalogue. A new model, the No. 54, had been introduced by then which offered a similar sized version to that of the 53M. While the 53M was made from malleable iron, the new No. 54 was made from annealed iron.