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Forum topic by Jon Spelbring posted 02-19-2010 10:14 PM 936 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jon Spelbring

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02-19-2010 10:14 PM

Since I’ve started to work more with hand tools, I’ve been (slowly) outfitting myself with a well stocked toolbox. Now that I have the tools, I’m taking what classes I can, and also bringing my tools with me for various installs and repair work.

What are some good options for personalizing had tools? I love the way the tools look (part of their appeal to me), so I don’t want to do anything like paint them orange. I’d also rather not try to engrave with a dremel – same reason.

I have nice chisels, but they’re all A2 steel – I don’t know how one would ‘mark’ them. My planes are mostly ductile iron – can it be stamped? Maybe some kind of a discrete mark/stamp for the saw handles?

So, fellow jocks, how do YOU mark/identify your hand tools?

Does anyone know of a place to maybe have a monogram or something done as a stamp?

Thanks in advance!

-- To do is to be

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#1 posted 02-19-2010 11:17 PM

I changed out handles on my planes with different woods. Liked my chisel handles too much to swap them out. Just removed all the lacquer and gave them an oil finish which feels great. I know some people have engraved their planes. Since you already have your tools, you can try a jeweler or trophy shop, if your interested in that route. Don’t think that banging a stamp into iron hard enough to leave an impression is a good idea.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 04:14 AM

Although this isn’t a permanent solution, there is a special type of marker made for writing on steel. They are available at places like Cabellas that sell guns. I take classes too and I put my initials on everything. I have a friend who had his planes engraved, he went way past just initials, he had an artist make beautiful intricate engravings.

-- Glen

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