It’s not that we needed anything, or, indeed have room for much in our little house and workshop, but Mrs YS and I decided to have a walk around the local car boot sale / flea market this morning (for the exercise of course). Towards the end, I thought I’d escaped without buying, when I spotted a box of delights under a table (I spend most of my time on hands and knees at these events; it’s where they keep the rust). It was labelled £25 GBP & the vendor shouted across: “I’ll take £20 GBP” That’s about $33. Mrs YS went through our usual three questions: “Do you like it?” – Yes. “Can you afford it?” – Yes. “Have you got somewhere to put it?” Well, I’ll manage to find a spot. Deal done.
I have yet to check out properly what’s there, but it’s obviously a Stanley No 55 which I believe should have 55 cutters. There are 37 with this, stored in their original albeit time-worn wooden cases.
Have I bought a ‘boat anchor’? Should I have left it to moulder? Who cares! I’ll enjoy researching the tool, ‘brightening’ it up somewhat & eventually making a box to keep it in. This looks like an excellent source of information and has loads of free downloads of instruction manuals.
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