Wanted to buy: Soviet Era Russian Hammer

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Forum topic by Alster posted 09-01-2010 10:28 PM 1233 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2010 10:28 PM


I’m an economics teacher, and I’m interested in showing my students the difference between the products society gets when the person who decides what features a product should have doesn’t actually have to use the product himself (or deal with the people who do).

I was hoping to find one of these:

Anybody got a line on where I might find one?



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#1 posted 09-01-2010 11:01 PM

Sorry, I have one of the Hamilton hammers (the last photo in that blog) but I can’t find anything on the other monstrosity.

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 12:19 AM

Little more than a hunch here, but the author mentions that Stanko Imports is marked on the handle. SI was a wing of the Soviet Government developed to export manufactured goods to the West in the late 70’s and 80’s as the Cold War thawed. The modern successors of Stanko Imports (a division of the USSR government) is ERESPO-IMPEX who is the distributor for Ryazan Tools, a very large Russian based metal working company. Not much to go on here except that the Soviet era Ryazan lathes are considered fairly respectable, antiquated but they do their jobs. Many are still used in factories in the US and Europe. Dig a little deeper and you find out that Rayazan has been around for 65 years, longer than Stanko existed as part of the Soviet government. Long enough and large enough to be a respected manufacturer.

So, why would the name on the hammer be the Export (Government) Agency and not the manufacturer? Same reason why Sears sells tools named Craftsman even though they don’t own a factory; branding. Ryazan would then be the OEM and the hammer was meant for export.

Looking at the pictures that hammer isn’t more than 30 years old, beach handle, painted red and squared up to match the hammer on the Soviet flag. If I was working in a factory and received a shipment of those hammers first thing I would do would be to run over to the lathe and round it up, but the paint is intact so this hammer was saved as a collector item.

Like I said, this is what I suspect, but in my opinion the hammer was manufactured for Export as a kitsch item, either that or they were unceremoniously dumped on markets behind the iron curtain, someone got their hands on this one and decided to keep it.

There is a good economic lesson here though, even the Soviet Government got into the business of exporting manufactured goods as soon as the cold war began to thaw. They’d have denied the benefits of Capitalism to their people, but, they needed the money. Even our past ideological bias didn’t prevent a small, but substantial, amount of manufacturing machines from the USSR ending up in our factories.

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 02:45 AM

Heh – that looks lilke the ones I made (in my projects). Blocky, and not very ergonomic, but could pound coal into diamonds.

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