I don’t know why I love metal ploughs and combination planes, but I do. In 5 short years I’ve had, or have had, in my possession a Stanley #45 and #46, 2 #50s (One made in England, one USA), Record #405, #050a, #044 and #043, a Rapier #3. Oh, and just recently a Lewin Universal and a #55... It’s not a problem, really it isn’t. I can stop any time I like... Some people call the larger ones “boat anchors” and say they’re not fit for use. And yet other, equally knowledgable and experienced woodworkers, use them all the time. In an attempt to get all the on-line information sources in one place, and not let Blood & Gore have the last word on them [grin], I give you my Shrine to the Boat Anchor .