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Thanks very much to the both of you for these explanations and details. That’s a very peculiar plane indeed since it’s meant to cut across the grain as opposed to the vast majority of planes we use day in day out. After removing a quite thick layer of rust on the back of the irons, I was able to read they were made by Peugeot frères, a quite popular brand in France during the 19th and 20th centuries.
I doubt I’ll have very much use for it but just for my own education and since it was a present I think I’ll try to restore it to function. Perhaps by remodeling the nicker’s edge first.
I do agree with you Ed, if I have a dado to cut, I do prefer using knife walls and a good sharp chisel. Maybe not the quickest method but I like to take my time anyway