Friday, June 01, 2012

My paternal grandmother had an affection for rusty things.

I took a few minutes this afternoon to take a few shots of some tools, I think for the most part the pictures speak for themselves.

Lowellville offset handle. For what?

I don't know. I do know that the inscription is not reversed or otherwise altered in this shot.

Now that I think of it, I could do with some Popeye forearms.

A fixed diff won't do here.

I can see why Jack Johnson invented a better wrench, though this would double as a hammer.

Now we're talking. I have a feeling this will see continued use.


Early go at a locking plier (ala Vice Grips)?

I'm seeing hot metal, but I'm not liking the outcome.

Early example of a self adjusting wrench, I'm imagining chewed up nuts.

These predate stainless steel, so you can't get them wet.

Even after years of neglect, I'd be proud to use these on stuff.

Freshen your drink, gov'ner?

I stuck the 8" wrench there for scale. I think I weigh roughly 175 pounds, and I'm not heavy enough to throw those springs, so...

I'd recommend having this on hand in case you get caught. This has seen recent use, as evidenced by the buffed rust along the blade. I used it to finish out some inside angled cuts roughed in with a circular saw.

Draw knife! When a straight razor isn't "man enough".

You can keep your brass knuckles, I'll be fine, thanks. (This is sharp, the picture doesn't do it justice)

That wood crate is about to be owned.

Given the shape of the tip, I wonder about the obvious use this saw.

A little wear and tear is all.

This is actually one of my regular hammers, it was just nearby and fit the theme. That's a hide handle.


Philips head or any of those other new fangled dee-signs can take a hike!

Handy dandy screw starter.

This was obviously a useful tool at some point, now it's just a shank.

Hand forged hoop & hook. I've a more impressive hook in the studio, but that will have to wait until the next round.

1 comment:

markalanzorn said...

i actually have a pair of those scissors in good condition -- got them sharpened last summer. they're tweaked 1 mm. at the joint but still serviceable -- in fact, my youngest dtr has dibs to inherit. FYI: they were originally paired with a corresponding letter opener in an open triangular 2-pocket, 3-tone leather case. the whole package had an attractive deco design, as evidenced by the grips on your pair. impressed words at the joint read FORGED STEEL MADE IN U.S.A.