Tools of the Trade

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Re: Tools of the Trade

#1851 Post by SteveBarrus » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:08 am

Hello Damien,

Thanks for posting. I like seeing tools and buying these old tools. I like a lot of the tools you have and love the search for the treasures.
I like finding and putting sets together, holding them in my hands and feeling the balance they have then putting them to use. I travel for my primary job way to much and work on boots and shoes way to little and have decided that this year it is time to bring things home and do more things that are pleasing to the sole. To me that is boot and shoe making and this year 12 pair.

2017 I was able to find the following tools that are in excellent condition, sharp teeth and tight joints.
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Swedish Berg Pincers 501, 502, & 503
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Whitcher Pincers # 1, 2, 3, & 4
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Barnsley and Christensen Bulldogs
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Peg Breakers. I can't say how many years I have looked for these things every since I saw D.W.'s and then within 30 days I found both.
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Awls. Awls come and go on eBay and I have finally acquired all that I will ever need. Now it will be upgrading the hafts.

Next are the hammers. I must have 35 and everyone different. I will get cleaned up and some re-handled.
Keep looking because there are still so many great tools to be found out there.

Cheers,

Steve Barrus
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Re: Tools of the Trade

#1852 Post by dw » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:25 am

Steve,

Good looking collection...and you almost have as many awls as I have :beers:. And nice to see another pair of Christensens...as good or better than the Barnsleys.

I don't know what it is about tools...I used to buy a tool two three time a month off Ebay. Course now the quality has gone down and the price has gone up. Thing to do is weed out the really excellant ones and keep them for yourself. Sell off the others to pay for your purchases. And never buy a tool that you can't see clearly from all angles. DAMHIKT.

Friend of mine in Laramie Wyoming invited me and Randee over for dinner one evening and afterward, he drug out this old chest...more like foot locker except bigger...which was packed with tools. Old tools. Rare tools. Really, really good tools. While I was "wowing" and drooling, he said "Yeah, I want to be at my own estate sale." Never forgot that.
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Re: Tools of the Trade

#1853 Post by SteveBarrus » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:03 pm

DW,

What is it with tools? The old ones that feel so nice. The patina of hand forging. The beauty of curves, brass, steel and art. The function, form, style...
My latest searches that helped me find these tools were on eBay.de and eBay.fr. the 503 came from France with two other pincers for 18.88 Euro plus shipping. I got 8 good looking 502's, not berg but are very nice average 23.00. The 501 is a Stanley but looks identical to a Berg 22.00. The two peg breakers TOWNSEND 44.00 & other 35.00. So the deals are still out there. The Whitcher were much harder to get. Nice ones without worn out joints and for an ok price were not in eBau.com but did manage to find them at eBay.co.uk. French eBay got the awls. I must have 200 of all sizes inseaming and square. The photo above are inseaming. the square awls are 6 sizes 55mm-110mm from US. These are still on eBay in packets of 12. Do a search for "Rare 1950 English Form 12 awls" 36.00 and less. Clean beautiful awls. I sent 6 sizes to Dick for patterns.
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To much travel, to much time alone, and to much time on eBay.

All good.

Cheers,

Steve Barrus

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Re: Tools of the Trade

#1854 Post by martin » Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:39 pm

Great collections, a pleasure to view the pictures!

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Re: Tools of the Trade

#1855 Post by Steve Barrus » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:51 pm

Here is a stone waist burnishing tool I got in a lot of tools from France eBay. Not exactly sure what it is called but I think it should probably be in a museum.
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I also found this Randall stitcher on craigslist. The price was excellent so I will use it for side seaming. (No more hand seaming) I have just ordered a table and motor which cost more than the stitcher. I spent a few days cleaning it up and getting her to sew properly. She had set for the past 20 years in a nice dry location so rust was minimal but the dust was very thick.
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Cheers,

Steve Barrus

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