We use the bevel-up planes in the schools and find them truly positive to have for certain aspects of our work.I would recommend everyone to own one of them at least, but only after they own a couple of bevel down Stanley planes first.
It’s the number one first plane over any other on the market bar none. I could never be without a pre 1970’s Stanley #4 smoother no matter where I was in the world. I especially like them for mitre planes which is all they are really.During the early 's, the hole was redesigned and patented so that is has a kidney shape design. For the first time in my life, I was left speechless, and could only muster an "Oh, I see" as an answer.