Clico - Clifton Jointer Plane - No. 7

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Clifton Plane No.7 Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Ltd

Plane Type: Jointer

Model No: 7


The old Clifton jointer plane number 7 model was made by a Sheffield (UK) company called Clico. Clico made this model of plane for a number of years with a forest green colour until the Clifton tools part of the business was taken over by Thomas Flinn and Co in 2014.

See the new Clifton 7 plane review for the plane produced by Thomas Flinn and Co.

The Clifton jointer plane number 7 is a high quality, accurate tool with smoothly operating parts which was designed to be ready to use from the moment the plane was taken from the box.

The plane incorporates the design of the 'BEDROCK' frog and frog seating pad, a two piece cap iron similar in design to the Record SS (Stay Set) planes, an extra thick high carbon steel blade, a ground flat sole within the British Standard of 0.075mm (0.003"), beautiful Bubinga rear handle and front knob, and finished with a forest green finish.

The plane was presented in a good quality dark blue cardboard box.

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Clifton Plane Blade

The old Clifton plane blade is a hand forged high carbon steel cutter. The forging process hammer blows the steel many times. This hammering process gives the steel a very fine grain structure and as a result the blade achieves the '60 to 62 Rockwell C' standard of hardness without the usual inevitable brittleness seen with extremely hard steel.

This process gives the blade a better edge than most blades and it means it holds it edge for longer. There is extra peace of mind with the Clifton blades as the hardness is individually checked on each one. The blades are accurately ground and are 50% thicker than normal blades resulting in a much more rigid blade.

Due to the blade containing no alloying elements, it is suggested the blade is maintained with a thin coating of oil from time-to-time to protect it from rust.

Clico History

Clico was originally started in 1983 when Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Limited was formed after a Management buy-out from Record Ridgway Tools where they gained rights to designs for Aerospace cutting tools including staff and machinery.

Clico went on four years later to begin a plane making department when they hired the previous manager of the Record Plane Making Section. The first plane they took on of the Record plane designs was the Record 405 multiplane which was used to create Clifton's version of the 405. From there Clico went on to gradually increase their plane and tool range.

Plane Construction


Length Of Sole:

Mouth Width:

Cast Thickness:

Handle and Knob: Bubinga (African Rosewood)

Plane finish: Forest green

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Clifton 7 Plane Blade / Cutter

Width: 61mm (2 3/8 inch)

Blade Thickness: 3mm (1/8 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape: Slightly rounded

Material: Hand forged, high carbon steel

Hardness: 60 to 62 Rockwell C

Blade Markings: Clifton, Hand Forged, Sheffield

Plane Markings

"No 7" - found at the front of the plane between the mouth and the front knob.

"Clifton, England" - found at the rear of the plane.

"Made In England" - found at the rear of the plane.

"Clifton" - found on the lever cap face.

Manufactured Dates

2000 - 2014

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