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A Sargent in the House!

Admittedly, the things that bring me the most joy are simple; a smile and a wink from my wife, an excited dog when walking in the door and a fun text from the kids. My favorite food is a cheeseburger, preferably with bread and butter pickles and I prefer hand tools for woodworking.

Looking in my tool chest the majority of bench planes are Stanleys. Like most of you there are a couple of specialty planes from modern manufacturers, but if you look through my blog the constant companion is a Stanley. All that said, could I be tempted by other manufacturers?

Several years ago while wandering around a

the Sargent plane above caught my eye. There were plenty of Stanleys, Miller Falls and other manufacturers, but this was the one that stood out. It seemed to be slightly heavier than the equivalent Stanley and the sides thicker. The price seemed high and the “don’t want to discuss price” attitude of the owner made me walk away empty handed. Since then I have kept my eye out for a Sargent Plane and stumbled across one on Ebay the other day. Admittedly I do not need another bench plane! But like a good cheeseburger sometimes you have to indulge yourself!

Meet Sargent VBM 409, a new addition, welcome to the family!

More pictures to come.

As for the cheeseburgers; I allow myself one a month so no need to worry about over indulgence.

Categories: Tools
  1. Jeff Brann
    February 16, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I prefer my cheeseburger with dill pickles…….
    I had to pick up a couple of Veritas bevel down planes for a couple of Lonnie Birds’ classes and admittedly they work quite well. Virtually no tearout when used properly. But my go to planes are still the Stanleys or one of the spinoffs made by Stanley.

    Enjoy your posts. Hope you and family are doing well!

    Jeff Brann

    • February 16, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      All doing well, recently moved to San Antonio with the company. I’ve never had the opportunity to try a Veritas bevel down but have always heard good things. Hope you are well also

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