Went on a run to a few flea markets this afternoon and found a few things to continue my slide down the slippery slope of vintage tooldom:
The 7oz SW hammer was a nice find at four bucks, as was the Craftsman-badged saw for six dollars. The Stanley 1/4” No.40 chisel was four bucks, the EC Stearns mitre box was five, and the seller threw in the small, rosewood-handled putty knife for free. And there was a plan for it: I wanted to make it a marking knife for the tool chest.
I have a knife at the bench that I use all the time, but the very small size of the putty knife said ‘marking knife’ almost as soon as I saw it. Good dimension, very solid scales. So I marked it with a scratch awl…
and did some work at the ‘lectric grinder to set the basic shape. After some time at the oilstone, I had a knife…
I can’t say my sharpening was knock-down, drag-out awesome on the knife’s cutting edge, but it’s pretty good. Enough to make very fine cuts in mahogany scrap. So I’d say it’s good to roost in the top tray of the chest now.
A good re-purpose, I’d say. Short and sweet post, and as always, thanks for looking!
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