Bridge City Tool Works Vp-60 Variable Pitch Plane Original Prototype
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Bridge City Tool Works Vp-60 Variable Pitch Plane Original Prototype:
The VP-60 Variable Pitch Plane was designed by John Economaki, the founder of Bridge City Tool Works. This unique tool was built in 2006 and became the first “million dollar” tool in the history of Bridge City Tool Works – none of have been made since. The original prototype plane features a stainless steel sole that is double dovetailed to the brass sides. NOTE: The item for sale is a prototype so there are noticeable differences from the production the lack of lateral blade the pitch indicator is blue, not the absence of an adjustable rear the adjustable front sole is tightened from the top as opposed from the bottomComponents for three prototypes were built but only one was completely assembled. John wanted to make changes immediately so the other two prototype planes were never completely assembled and some of their components were used in the production run. Those partially assembled planes are included with the only functional prototype ever built.
This plane, marked as a Prototype 2 of 3, comes with a new walnut display case, a 2006 note from the patent lawyer expressing a desire to own the prototype and a hand written and signed document by John Economaki authenticating the statements above. Also included are all remaining components for the other two unassembled prototypes. These are incomplete and are being included as evidentiary proof that only one prototype was assembled.
This plane is slightly used. The brass a a bit tarnished and there is a chip in the lacquer on the rear tote. Although it is fully functional, its real value lies as a rare, historical example of the innovative tools produced in America by Bridge City Tool Works. It is the only existing VP-60 prototype in the Buyers – Please Note:
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