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Forum topic by cellophane posted 12-13-2011 07:45 PM 1670 views 2 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cellophane

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12-13-2011 07:45 PM

Talking with my mom today about handtools for Christmas and she mentioned wanting to buy US made tools rather than foreign stuff but the only company I know of offhand that makes quality tools in the US is Lie-Nielsen. LN makes great products but the price is a bit high compared to Narex or Veritas. Are there any other manufacturers that produce handtools in the US that are of a higher quality?

I’ve seen one or two random pieces in box stores that are but I’m looking for a little better quality than the average box store product.


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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 08:38 PM

Only ones I know of off the top of my head are LN, Blue Spruce, and Barr Tools.

You thought the LN were the expensive ones? :)

Seriously, if you want to spend less for US made chisels, your only hope is through used tool dealers.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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pmayer

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 08:49 PM

Check these guys out: http://www.badaxetoolworks.com/

Not cheaper, but small passionate company with exceptional quality.

No affiliation.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Bertha

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 08:51 PM

^I’m late for the party. I was going to say BadAxe too.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 09:08 PM

Bad Axe and Blue Spruce are both awesome, the tools and the guys that build them included. I own multiple tools from both companies and have nothing but rave reviews! That being said, they are definitely not in the lesser expensive category. Lie Nielsen will be less expensive for sure, and their quality is awesome as well.

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cellophane

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 09:18 PM

I forgot about Bad Axe. I don’t own any but I’ve looked through their site a few times. Blue Spruce looks good as well but ouch it’s pricey.

LN would probably be the top end price-wise since it’s a gift and unfortunately my parents have more sense than money (or fortunately?) so I doubt I’ll get a $1000 set of chisels =p

Thanks. I’ll add the aforementioned dealers to my bookmarks for after I win the Lottery.

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RGtools

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 09:18 PM

Barr,
badaxe
bluespruce
ohio tool
DL barrette & sons
Best company (sharpening gear)
gramercy
bridge city
wenzloff & sons

You have a lot to pick from.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Bertha

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#7 posted 12-13-2011 09:21 PM

Gramercy! That’s a great recommendation.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 12-13-2011 09:23 PM

Happy shopping!
here are a few more:
Wenzloff saws are made in the US, I also think Grammercy makes its own tool line in the US
Medalliion (very expensive) saws are also US- not sureabout Adria saws
Clark and Williams planes, Bickford planes, Daed toolworks planes, Knew Concepts (coping) saw are all US made (all pricy but top top quality)
Hamilton marking gauges, Dave’s shaves (spokeshaves)
Starrett makes many of its better tools in the US
Bridge City I think makes its tools in the US, Woodpeckers makes its own tool line in OH

in general the US made tools are from small shops turning out higher end tools

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RGtools

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#9 posted 12-13-2011 09:25 PM

Why did I forget Starrett?

Glen-Drake (the finest marking gauges you will ever use)

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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RGtools

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#10 posted 12-13-2011 09:26 PM

Next time I hear someone say “they don’t make them like they used to.” I am refering them here.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Bertha

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#11 posted 12-13-2011 09:27 PM

Adria! Man, this is a fun thread. Good call, JSilverman. Starrett for measurement tools for sure.
There are a ton of quality vintage American made tools; don’t forget about the oldies!
Speaking of Starrett, I’ve recently become really interested in Browne and Sharpe.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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cellophane

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#12 posted 12-13-2011 10:45 PM

Well this turned out to be infinitely more informative than I ever thought. I didn’t realize there were still so many people making tools stateside. I forgot about woodpecker as well. I have one of their mini squares and it is one of the most useful things I’ve ever bought.

In particular I was looking along the lines of chisels, saws and smaller tools but since I didn’t specify I definately welcome all the information possible.

Thanks!

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LeeG

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#13 posted 12-13-2011 10:52 PM

Czeck edge tools – very nice marking knives & chisels

-- Lee in Phoenix

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Bertha

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#14 posted 12-13-2011 10:54 PM

Here’s my Czech Edge marking knife in African Blackwood:

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Loren

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#15 posted 12-14-2011 12:09 AM

For chisels you may want to look at:
http://www.diefenbacher.com/chisels.htm

Various knives and drawknives:
http://www.northbayforge.com/index.htm

I have a little Northbay drawknife and it is a fine tool.

Flexcut tools are made in the USA:
http://www.flexcut.com/

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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