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Fired_Yo_Momma

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10-07-2015 02:37 AM

So the wifey and I are going to Zurich and London, actually flying into London and staying in a small river town called Henley On the Thames, in Qxfordshire. Then off to Zurich for a few days. Looking to bring back some tools from there Planes, and Chisels. If you guys were going out there what would you look to bring back besides the clap?

Thanks


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bruc101

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#1 posted 10-07-2015 04:39 AM

If it’s an antique prepare yourself for either not leaving the country with it or paying a lot of taxes on it or maybe not.
I have been there done that. After that experience, and when we go anywhere abroad, I have a wife and five daughters that remind me more than one time..NO TOOLS! and NO HAM RADIOS!

I would suggest you do some research on each country’s custom laws for tools before you make the trip so you will be prepared and maybe not get a shock when you try to leave the country.

Good luck and have fun.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#2 posted 10-07-2015 03:10 PM

Nothing but pictures and memories. Tools can be lost, broken or stolen, but memories of a great trip with your wife will last forever. I wish that I had done more traveling with my wife when we could instead of getting our hobby fixes ( we both have hobby joneses). Have fun you lucky bastard!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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Dutchy

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 03:19 PM

Zurich—Carving knives.

http://www.pfeiltools.com/en/products.html

and knives

victorinox.com

Have a nice trip.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#4 posted 10-16-2015 04:44 AM

From personal experience between the US and the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy…Be prepared to pay VAT up front and don’t expect a refund. Put wooden bodied planes in carry on with the irons in checked luggage. I’m sure you purchased them at a boot sale for 5 quid each and weren’t provided a receipt ;) Make SURE you declare them on the customs form when reentering the States. Use the term used condition tool, not “antique”. American customs agents do a very good impression of Nazi border guards.

UK: Great source for moulding planes, wood and brass braces, Ray Iles chisels.

Zurich: Pfeil is about $8-$10 USD less expensive per chisel there if you do not include shipping.

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jdh122

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#5 posted 10-16-2015 03:28 PM

I routinely buy tools in flea markets in France and bring them back to Canada. Have never had an issue yet and I’ve always declared them. I wouldn’t think of describing them as antiques (I’ve never paid more than about $20 for a single tool), and I have wondered what could happen one day due to the lack of a receipt, but so far no issues.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 10-16-2015 08:53 PM

I have heard that there are a lot of stores that sell nice looking antique hand tools. From looking around on Ebay I see a lot of Europeans also selling nice looking woodworking antique hand tools.. When my sister in law went to London she brought back about a half a dozen really nice woodworking tools. She said they were small specialty antique shops scattered around. If you were to buy some you could ship them back to your home. The people on Ebay ship them without too much trouble.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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kd_walmsley

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#7 posted 10-17-2015 06:19 PM

Jeremy,

Can you recommend some flea markets for tools around Paris?

Cheers,

Kevin

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jdh122

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#8 posted 10-22-2015 01:23 PM

Kevin,
It’s been years since I’ve been to the regular Paris flea markets (I spend time in smaller cities for work), plus I generally prefer the more occasional sales called brocantes or even the big yard sales they call vide-greniers, since prices will be more reasonable.
That said, if you go to one of the big Paris weekly flea markets you’ll find plenty of tools. The St Ouen group of markets are probably going to be your best bet, although there is also Vanves (I’ve not been).
Hope this helps a bit.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#9 posted 10-22-2015 02:25 PM

Take some junk planes with you when you go, buy what you want that closely matches what you’ve taken and leave the junk there.

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daddywoofdawg

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#10 posted 10-22-2015 03:47 PM

Infills,wood bodied planes there is alot there that are very desirable here.
hand stitched Rasps are cheaper there.
Chisels pig stickers. look for older brand names. you can google some names.

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kd_walmsley

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#11 posted 10-24-2015 07:27 PM

Great tip. I’ll give them a try.

Cheers,

Kevin


Kevin,
It s been years since I ve been to the regular Paris flea markets (I spend time in smaller cities for work), plus I generally prefer the more occasional sales called brocantes or even the big yard sales they call vide-greniers, since prices will be more reasonable.
That said, if you go to one of the big Paris weekly flea markets you ll find plenty of tools. The St Ouen group of markets are probably going to be your best bet, although there is also Vanves (I ve not been).
Hope this helps a bit.

- jdh122


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