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What can you guys tell me about the 5206? Just bought one for twelve bucks. Only bought it 'cause I think its kinda cool looking. Different. Like that big knob for depth adjustment. And its got kinda a "heavy" look to it. Squatty kinda. Reminds me of a horned toad without the horns. Anyway, any facts about it? Common?? I think the one I just purchased is the only one I've seen, on ebay, or anywhere else. But that doesn't mean anything, 'cause I don't generally look for Sargents.
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They are not at all uncommon, but agree, the are pretty cool, http://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/01/28/restoration-of-a-sargent-5206/
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I just picked up Heckel's book on Sargent planes and still don't understand the difference between the 5206 and the 4206 except for the shorter production run of the latter. They're both the same construction and size, but then the description says the 4206 had a (wooden?) knob on the body for two years. The first models 5206 also had a "finger knob" on the body. To make things even more complicated, the description on the 5206 states that there are 23 different known versions of this plane!!! My question is, "Why did they make two different "versions" of the same plane with different model numbers? And I used to think Stanley's were confusing.

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I read this morning that the 5206 preceded the Stanley 118 by over a decade. That the Stanley was actually a copy of the Sargent. Now theres a rare occurence, eh?
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The 4206 was polished, the 5206 was painted or blued. Actually as you wade through, you find Stanley followed a lot more than is obvious. They weren't close to first for corrugation, and the #5 1/4 are two more I can think of.,
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Who came up with the 5 1/4??
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I believe Ohio Tools was first, but theirs is in between the #5 and #5 1/2 for size.
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Yeah, I see a 5206 on eBay right now. I like the classy, two-tone look over the polished 4206.
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