Norris Gunmetal Bullnose Plane - No. 27

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Norris 27 Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Norris

Plane Type: Bullnose

Model No: 27


The Norris gunmetal bullnose plane model number 27.

It is easily assumed this is a brass Norris bullnose 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 small Norris 27 plane has a one-piece body made from gunmetal, a steel sole, an ebony wedge and a shouldered Norris plane blade.

norris 27 plane

If the wedge is made from an alternative wood to ebony then it may well be that the wedge has since been replaced.

If the wedge is made from rosewood there is a good chance it is original as manufacturers of that time were quite often open to making custom adjustments should a customer request it and rosewood was a wood they used in the making of many of their tools and plane wedges.

If the wedge happens to be a different shape then this also is a good inidication the wedge has been replaced.

The cutting area of the plane blade spans the full width of the plane with the bevelled side face upwards.

The plane blade shown in the photos is a replacement blade, the original Norris 27 plane blade has a snecked end; the top of the blade gets narrower and then has a bulbous top which is wider than the rest of the blades stem.

norris 27 plane

The wedge slides into the plane until it firmly secures the blade in position.

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 Norris 27 was available in three different widths: 1 inch (25mm), 1 1/8 inch (28mm) and 1 1/4 inch (32mm).

There were two very similar models to the Norris 27 bull-nose plane, both of which were made to the same shape and in the same sizes, these were the Norris 25 bull-nose plane and the Norris 26 bull-nose plane.

The Norris 25 was made from malleable iron and the Norris 26 was made from gunmetal but with a gunmetal sole.

Manufactured Dates

? - ? (1910's)


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