I new here. This is my first post. I realize this is a very old thread, but no post with the name tools in it can go unanswered by me.
I read the long post about people who ask your advise and then never say thanks or let you know how it went. You can count on me to be grateful. I am about to ask advise but there will be follow up.
And I will be happy to lend any tool advise, especially in the realm of hand tools. I have been collecting restoring repairing and making tools from scratch for some 40 years now.
Mostly, new tools suck! There are only a few new tools you could give me for free!
People made tools you can be proud of for hundreds, even thousands of years. Most stuff you see now is dirt bog minimal, in my opinion. Even the great Snap-on is going into the crapper as I write.
I am a toolmaker. Doing what I can to keep toolmaking alive and in high style.
I built this fire ax for my local Fire Department this year. I built it to commemorate... Those who came before us, and those who will come after, and us too.
Its tool steel and carved Ipe wood, one of the hardest woods there is.
My current tool wish list includes a good clamp meter like many of you. I need a replacement for my old Milwaukee 3/8" holeshooter. I want an older one in fine condition. The new ones are lacking.
I also want a P&C 1/4" "open" ratchet in mint condition. Peterson and Carlsberg made fine tools in Milwaukee Oregon up until around WW11. That makes them kind of local to me, since I live near the Oregon border.
For a picture, here is my working 1/4" socket set. Its a steel, leather covered case
Fitted out for vintage S&K and Craftsman sockets. Snap-On, Craftsman, Proto, Williams are just a few of the names represented in this box. These are tools a man can count on.
Thanks for listening and again Merry Christmas to all