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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Vintage Anchor Plane

This is a Vintage plane made by Anchor Plane Co. This is the first plane I've come across made by this company so I am excited to find out it's background. Stay tuned....


  1. Bill, saw your post on the hand plane forum and followed your link here. I know nothing about hand planes but I have a smaller version of the one you have's a 16" version and identical to your plane in form. It was used at Mare Island Ship Yard by my wife's uncle to build wooden ships of some sort..interesting.

    Stuart Miller

  2. Hi.

    Nice looking plane. Anchor is a brand made in Sweden by the Company Järnbolaget. They made Stanley Bailey-style planes (as well as other toolds) from the 1930s to 1959, when the brand disappeared into Bahco.

    Anchor planes are metal with green or black japanning. They are engraved 'Järnbolaget' with an anchor on the iron and the name 'Anchor' cast on the base. They are usually found today in Sweden, Australia and Canada.

    Your plane looks older than my Anchor metal planes. I wonder if it was a totally different maker, or perhaps Järnbolaget acquired this 'Anchor' company early on, and later produced metal planes?

    Good luck,
    Russ S
    Huddinge, Sweden

  3. I don't think this one was made in Sweden. "A Guide to the Makers of American Wooden Planes" by Emil and Martyl Pollak lists Anchor Plane Co. on page 20. They think it was a brand name and list the 16" Razee Jack Plane example as having a Buck Bros. iron. However, a 22" Fore and a Coffin Smoother both had the Anchor Plane Co. mark on the irons. So, it seems this is a very rare U.S. maker for which almost no information exists.