Hand Tools: Thrift Stores, Hock Shops and Garage Sale acquisitions #3: Screwdrivers, Nutdrivers and Handley Things

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 04-23-2011 12:12 AM 2469 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s where your knowledge of quality can really work in your favor. Most (used goods) stores dump all these together and put a single price on them. I look for Craftsman, XceLite and other name brand nutdrivers; I don’t trust the cheapies. The long shank black handled screwdriver uses 1” tips which can store under the white cap. I have a Snap-On one just like this (only shorter shank) which was given me new in 1966. This is a Cleco brand, but dead solid identical. There is a nice balance when the shank is this length. I love this tool.

The small yellow ones are Proto brand. There’s some Klein in there, and almost a complete set of Craftsman Torx drivers ( I’m missing one. One day, it will be complete!). The orange is XceLite; the long yellow one is Stanley (fits nicely in my older Bosch jigsaw).

The tactic here is to find a hock shop where they have dumped miscellaneous screwdrivers into a tool box (or just set out a toolbox of hand tools) and offer to sort through the whole thing and separate the drivers from the wrenches from the sockets from the pliers. They’ll give you something to put on the floor to dump them on and you offer to give them X dollars for each piece you want. Everybody wins.

Good old chisels I can’t identify as a rule, and someone always gets the good planes, but these two socket chisels have served me well over the years. The pusher is a Craftsman. The single jack head was from a garage sale in Crook County where, for many years, the county seat owned the City of Prineville Railway. That’s the stamp on this hammer head: C.C.R.R. I added the handle.

The smaller handles are another story. I find them mostly with older kitchen utensils attached. Often they’re beech, maybe maple; some have ferrules. Into one of those I epoxied a countersink. A most handy device.

Teensy Craftsman scribe. A beautiful tool; I have two. With it, I can scribe.

With a word processor, I can describe.

-- " 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 04-25-2011 05:19 AM

I love it.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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