Hand Tools: Thrift Stores, Hock Shops and Garage Sale acquisitions #1: Clamps and Pliers

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 04-22-2011 11:35 PM 1538 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Used tools: Often a great bargain, occasionally a spectacular bargain, sometimes a puzzle, rarely but delightfully a chance to acquire something with soul and a story to go along with it.

Clamps are certainly about the least glamorous of all our toys, er, tools. But you can’t have enough, as the adage goes, and because they don’t make noise or sawdust or plug in, they don’t have much emotional draw. I’ve managed to bridge that and make it a passion to find and buy them, used. These are all 1, 2 and 3 inch clamps, all quality, all US made. If they’re bent or missing the socket foot, I don’t get them.

Only three, but one puzzle, one guess and one glamor boy.

The leftmost one is a Boker, USA. The Boker company goes back to the 17th century in Europe, and still makes knives. Exactly what this tool was designed to do, I don’t know, but it is a beautifully made, comfortable, and nowhere I could find on the web. #6522-7 1/2

In the middle is a duckbill pair which look to me like they were made for working on typewriters and the like. I have no idea why I think that.

The last pair is classy enough to have in your tuxedo’s breast pocket. Drop forged in Germany and then dramatically plated. The logo says “M S.”

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 11:53 PM

The first pair is battery pliers. Used for installing or removing car batteries.

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 11:53 PM

Cool, I also look for some of the Neater Vintage Tools.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 01:55 AM

Yup, as papadan says, battery pliers.
I have a pair : Wilde 7” Alloy Steel, Kansas City, MO.
They’ve been in my tool box since 1952.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 02:59 AM

I have two pair of the middle one. They are extremely useful for getting a good grip in a tight place(think needle nose on steroids) There is very little flex in the handles, and the jaws don’t bend as easily as traditional needle nose

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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