Norris 20E Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Infill Planes
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.
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.
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
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'.
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