I think you saw out on Knots that I have a mystery plane, subsequently identified as a Sargent 409. I was missing the screw that holds the blade and cap to the frog, but I found a hex head today that will do the job until I find the real thing. So, now I am hot to get it tuned up.
The blade has been a bit abused. The cutting edge will have to be completely reground, and after I derust it, I’ll also have to lap it.
The question is this: It an old Sargent blade worth that much trouble, or should I buy a better blade? Make no mistake — I have no burning desire to spend money if it can be avoided. If that is a decent blade, I’ll keep it and tune it up. But, IS it a decent blade?
Edited 3/16/2007 8:45 pm ET by Joe Sullivan