Clico - Clifton Smoothing Plane - No. 4 1/2

clifton plane no 4 1/2
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Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Ltd

Plane Type: Smoothing

Model No: 4 1/2


The old Clifton smoothing plane number 4 1/2 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 finish until the Clifton tool part of the business was taken over by Thomas Flinn and Co in 2014.

See the new Clifton 4 1/2 plane review for the plane produced by Thomas Flinn and Co.

The Clifton smoothing plane number 4 1/2 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.

Plane Construction

clifton plane no 4 1/2


Length Of Sole:

Mouth Width:

Cast Thickness:

Handle and Knob: Bubinga (African Rosewood)

Plane finish: Forest green

clifton plane blade hand forged

Clifton 4 1/2 Plane Blade / Cutter

Width: 60mm

Blade Thickness: 3mm

Slot Length:

Slot Width:

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 4 1/2" - 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

? - 2014

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