Hamler Tools No 212 Scraper Plane -- Bronze Body marked HT
This bronze-bodied No 212 scraper plane was made by none other than Paul Hamler. As the story goes, he could not afford to buy an original Stanley No 212 scraper plane, so he decided to make his own. After making a prototype from foam board, he made molds from which wax patterns were produced. These wax patterns were coated with a ceramic slurry and fired to harden the shell and melt out the wax. Molten bronze was then poured into the molds, resulting in perfect copies of the prototype.
Paul's philosophy is that if he can make one, he can make 50 or 200. Most were sold to buy more machine tools and to finance other projects.
This plane, marked 'HT' on the casting to differentiate it from the Stanley, was made in Paul's shop about 20 years ago and was used very little in that time. These are difficult to find these days. Only two have been resold on eBay since they were purchased by their original owners. This is a rare opportunity to get one for yourself.
This is likely an early model since it was cast in bronze and does not have Paul's signature spring on the adjuster rod. It has a maple knob. Later models were cast iron with rosewood knobs, and included the spring.