On 17 May, Bill Webber wrote:
> I think oxidized nickel is simply dull nickel looking. Anyway, I'm
> thinking the presence of rust on a nickel-ed plane indicates plating
> loss and rust of the underlying iron.
I have an older #90 (Stanley small rabbet plane, Jeff) that per B&G is
nickel plated, and this one looks like nickel rather than chrome. There
are some areas where the nickel is gone, and the surface underneath has
a dull reddish-brown color. Rather than rust, this looks more like a
plating applied prior to the nickel. The surface is smooth and the
color doesn't rub off on my hands. I seem to remember that for some
materials, copper is applied prior to the final plate to help the final
plate adhere, but I can't point to a reference now.
- Madison, WI