Norris Gunmetal Shoulder Plane - No. 20E

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Norris 20E Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Norris

Plane Type: Shoulder

Model No: 20E


The Norris gunmetal shoulder plane model number 20E.

It is easily assumed this is a brass Norris shoulder plane. At a glance it is easy to see why this could be mistaken for being a plane made of brass however it is made from a type of bronze called gunmetal.

Gunmetal is sometimes referred to as red metal in certain countries / regions of the world.

The Norris 20E plane is made with a gunmetal body, steel sole, ebony infill, ebony wedge and a shouldered plane blade.

norris 20e shoulder plane

The Norris 20E was produced in three different sizes:

    - 1" (25mm)
    - 1 1/4" (32mm)
    - 1 1/2" (38mm)

There is an almost identical Norris gunmetal shoulder plane with the model number 20R. The difference being the Norris 20R has a rosewood infill and wedge whereas the 20E has an Ebony infill and wedge. Obviously the R = 'Rosewood' and the E = 'Ebony'.

The wedge is used to firmly secure the plane blade in the desired position.

The Norris 20E plane blade cutting section spans the full width of the plane with the bevel edge side facing upwards.

norris 20e shoulder plane

The plane can be used left or right handed and can be laid perfectly flat and used on either of its sides to trim rebates, shoulder lines and tenons.

The plane is marked on the front nose, usually with 'Norris, London', it can also be marked with a retailers mark such as 'Buck & Ryan'.

norris 20e shoulder plane

Manufactured Dates

? - ? (1910's)


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