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No, I'm not talking about myself, but the other sort of tools. I have a fascination with old tools of any type and thought that such a subject deserved a place of it's own. Even though it can be related to wabi-sabi, it is somewhat specialised. Here are two from my shed (I'll have to do more digging). The first are two shackles that I've had for over 30 years and which have done all sorts of non-shackle related service (as can be seen by the wear on one of them). The second is an old axe that belonged to my father (who was also a hoarder of old tools and would do all sorts of things to them to extend their life (this one was welded on the other side to make it 'usable').

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What's stored in your shed or that you've seen in your travels?
 

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Here is Elmer's Wrench, from before I got my m43 camera.

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I should have been more clear. The picture is young. My grandfather's tools are older.
The socket was fairly new, probably from the late 1960s. The breaker bar looks older, but maybe it just had a harder life.

All Made in USA. Hard to imagine we were once capable of making such nice things here.
 

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There is something interesting about old tools, especially hand tools. Every time I go to a country market, it's the old tools that attract me more than anything else.
 

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Ray thanks for starting this wonderful thread. Too bad it's a year too late. I sold about 85 metalsmithing hammers I used decades ago when that was my calling. some predated WWI and most before WWII. Most of my array of objects are gone but I know I have some stuff. Perhaps this challenge will provide the impetus to clean out the garage to access stuff.

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An entire set like that would have made a great photo. My initial photo was a somewhat poor example of what I was trying to convey and I'm sure that others will have or know of old workshops and the like with fantastic setups.
 

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Though it is trashed right now (house starts showing on Fri), I will try and take a couple of shots of my stuff before it gets packed away. All of my bench tools (save the buffer and vice) are pre-1970. Mostly older Craftsman, with a Delta or two thrown in. Nice part about moving out to Colorado from Pennsylvania is the lack of rust. Am going to try and fully strip down and refinish a couple to factory new condition.
 

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They look great (whatever they are) and the storage boxes add to the authenticity. By the way, is there are reason both have the same number stamped on the body?
 
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They look great (whatever they are) and the storage boxes add to the authenticity. By the way, is there are reason both have the same number stamped on the body?
The first 2 are 738, although it does look a lot like 736. Both tools are predecessors to dial indicators, tools used to center parts on lathes (among other things). Indicators are one of my tool issues.

Here is a better angle of 738.
 
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Here is a conventional dial test indicator. Much newer than my others, but still old. Lufkin quit making precision tools in the mid 60's, although this was only labled Lufkin and wasn't actually made by them.

 

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Thanks, now I understand. I like the fact that you have all the original instrument cases to go with the gauges etc. To me, there seems to be a different sense of pride that went into the construction of old tools, as well as the products that they produced. It reminds me of a sense of permanence that existed in those days, compared to the throw away society that we tend to live in nowadays.
 

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I like this thread, and I'll be adding when I get a chance. I do some woodworking, and have a preference for hand tools, and the old stuff is better than much of the new stuff. I have a pre-WWII hand plane that I use a good bit that I'll have to try to get some good photos of.
 
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Thanks, now I understand. I like the fact that you have all the original instrument cases to go with the gauges etc. To me, there seems to be a different sense of pride that went into the construction of old tools, as well as the products that they produced. It reminds me of a sense of permanence that existed in those days, compared to the throw away society that we tend to live in nowadays.
Part of my job description is machinist. I have very few tools that I've bought new. I like the old ones better, they work just as well or maybe better, and I really love old tools that have multiple names engraved into them.
 

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You might want to check into the Midwest Tool Collectors Association for meets in your area. Eye popping tool collections at the meets, and lots of friendly, knowledgeable collectors.
 

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You might want to check into the Midwest Tool Collectors Association for meets in your area. Eye popping tool collections at the meets, and lots of friendly, knowledgeable collectors.
Whenever I go to country market or another, my eye always picks up on stalls with tools just like that. I think it's some sort of tradition that there has to be one stall holder with rusty old farm tools and the like.
 
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