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As better tool-steel became more readily available and the process of producing it cheaper and easier, tool manufacturers started to spring up in all the major cities, including London, Sheffield and Birmingham.

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It has a gunmetal cap and a very good nicely gained rosewood infill. Long wood filled jointing planes such as this are few and far between and command high prices.

It wasn't until the mid-19th century that steel started to be used as the basic material for plane making.

Other famous plane makers from that period include Robert Wooding, an apprentice of Granford who worked from 1706 to 1728.

Moulding planes by Wooding do come up for sale today on a fairly regular basis and command large prices.

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