It started with a blog whose author I can’t recall, but the image of the clamps in use caught my eye and wouldn’t be gone. They reminded me of the bench ducks offered by Veritas when I first saw them…
... only not quite. These clamps tightened by a lever rather than a twist. Too cool, the bug bit, and I was on a mission. More searching of the interwebz lead to another blog discussion of weird clamps, and between that dialog and some OldTools talk I found the keyword: Cam. An image search of “cam clamp vintage” served up what I was seeking:
A few days of searching on eBay (I told you the bug bit, but if you’re reading this I don’t have to explain) got me the goods: E.C. Stearns cam clamps! Nice pair, almost steel in feel. Good to have new blood in the shop family! Then I came across several “Case” cam clamps. These are cast iron —nice heft to them—and very nice.
Not much else to say about them at present, but I do like cam action clamps. I won’t be replacing all the Pony / Jorgys on the wall by any stretch, but it’ll be hard to pass by other cams that cross my path. That’s all for now, thanks for looking!
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