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BRock
While I had the camera out I figured that I would shoot my two new Bed Rock shop mules. A 605 and 604. They are both late Type 10s (possibly Type 11) the original irons were stamped 441 and 443. The 605 is probably war time production because the tote is stained hardwood not rosewood and it is a bit flat sided. The japanning is near 100% on both, looks like they might not have ever been used. I picked up a couple of Hock irons for them and hope to put them to work soon. Click image for larger version - Name: BedRock-1.jpg, Views: 44, Size: 336.78 KB Click image for larger version - Name: BedRock-2.jpg, Views: 44, Size: 387.23 KB
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Angie
Very nice!! Congrats!
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Cplane
Put them to work?  [confused]  They're gonna get all dusty and dirty and everything!
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Glen
That's ok. They can shower in WD-40 just like the rest of us.
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timetestedtools
If you didn't already know, the stamp on the cutters is when they were made. 4th quarter of 41 and 4th quarter of 43.
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BRock
Yes Don, I am aware of the date code applied to the irons but I have never come across this information referenced in any Type guides. Do you have any specifics on start date and end date for this practice? I have always assumed the practice started in 1936 but the earliest dated iron that I have is 337. The latest date that I have is 445, fourth quarter 1945, which I believe is the end of the practice. Can you confirm these start and stop dates or do you know of a source that has a good reference of this seemingly little known factory practice?
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timetestedtools
I don't have any further information either.
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Glen
I wish other companies did the same. All I've been able to determine is that the last digit on an MF lever cap stamp seems to correspond to the nominal Stanley size.
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