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10-07-2010 06:20 AM

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I have a couple of tools that were passed down from my dad. I am not sure where he got them.

I am just wondering, HOW OLD IS YOUR OLDEST TOOL?

The first one is a H.Disston & Sons Hand Saw. The blade stores in the handle and is held in by a thumb screw. I remember dad using this to cut holes in sheet rock for receptacles and such. That is what I use it for also.

The writing on the side of the handle says: Patented Aug.28 1877

The Blade is marked: H. DISSTON & SONS PHILAD A

It is about 6 inches long.




The second one is an old adjustable wrench. On the side is a letter G in a diamond. No name
Around the diamond is: PAT JUNE 7th 1892

Does anyone know what company made this? There are NO other markings on it.

It is about 5 inches long.



Lets see pics or just stories of your old tools too! Join in the fun.


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#1 posted 10-07-2010 02:49 PM

Great old tools, I’llhave to go have a poke around my show to see what is there.

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#2 posted 10-07-2010 03:02 PM

Your wrench was made by the Gendron Iron Wheel Co.

Here is the patent information.

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#3 posted 10-07-2010 03:20 PM

200 years +/- 50 years.

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#4 posted 10-07-2010 03:50 PM

Oldest hand tool, i’m not sure. But, here is my oldest power tool. It is an 8” Crescent heavy jointer. Due to the fact that Crescent didn’t keep good track of there serial numbers exact age is unknown. But, by comparing to various pics on OWWM.COM we have determined mid-late 20’s. It is one of the first ball bearing models which would date it 1925-1928.

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#5 posted 10-07-2010 03:59 PM

Scrappy – That’s not a ‘G’. It’s a ‘C’ with a diamond on it. That;’s the mark for Diamond Caulk tools. I think they originally made blacksmithing & farrier tools & then branched out to other stuff like wrenches.

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#6 posted 10-07-2010 04:22 PM

Sorry Fencer, but it is definitely a “G”.

Check out this page, about halfway down, you’ll see Scrappy’s wrench.

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#7 posted 10-07-2010 04:25 PM

Not entirely certain of how this fits, it isn’t a woodworking tool at all. But I have a gas door key (which is a tapered square shaft with a hoop sort of handle) that I had with a 1962 Volkswagen Microbus that I owned in high school…

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#8 posted 10-07-2010 04:51 PM

My oldest tool .. which i just cleaned up is a Seymour Smith & Sons spokeshave. Made by the Seymour Smith & Sons company that moved from Sharon CT to Oakville CT in 1866. I assume that this was my great grandfathers spokeshave which i recovered from my grandfathers house when he passed. Another old tool is a Stanley #18 block plane with a split lever cap, patent date on the adjustment lever was 1877 and patenet date on the cap is 1896. I just started blogging about sliding the slippery slope into hand tools featuring that old plane, with handsaws, spokeshaves, and drawknives coming soon.

I love the history .. just imagine what these tools did in their previous lives.

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#9 posted 10-07-2010 04:59 PM

I have a few tools that go back to the early 1800s late 1700s
Cool saw scrappy

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#10 posted 10-07-2010 05:32 PM

Well Charlie has the logo right from that webpage. I’m going to say I don;t know who made the wrench. I don’t know of a Gendron Company. I’ve got quite a few old handtools. Nothing much earlier than the last half of the 1800’s although it’s hard to tell with wood molding planes. Some could be older. I’ve got some machinery from that era also.

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#11 posted 10-07-2010 05:37 PM

Here is a little more info about the company and the wrench. Just scroll down the page a bit.

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#12 posted 10-07-2010 06:02 PM

My oldest tool, one that I use on a regular basis, is my Stanley #8 pre-lateral Jointer. 1870 something as near as I have been able to figure it out.

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#13 posted 10-07-2010 08:46 PM

I don’t know the age and I don’t have a picture but I have a very old wooden plane from the Ohio Tool Company. The company was in business from 1851 until 1920 and I suspect my plane is one of their earlier ones. 99.99% of the time, this plane is a display piece, but it works just fine. The iron is sharp. It is a big jointer type of plane.

FYI – The Ohio tool company used prison labor until in their earlier years. My plane was probably built by a prisioner.

If curious, here is some information on the Ohio Tool Company.

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#14 posted 10-07-2010 09:20 PM

I have a Barton Drawknife that dates to the mid 1840s I have a couple of old wooden planes that are older but can’t pin down how much older.

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#15 posted 10-08-2010 01:15 AM

Sounds like a lot of old tools out there still getting used. Glad to hear it.

Charlie, Thanks for the info on Gendron Iron Wheel Co. It almost makes sense, I grew up in Toledo Ohio. That is were most of my family is from.

Thanks again everyone. Lets see how many more “Old Timers” are out there.


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