|Forum topic by David Craig||posted 11-30-2012 10:56 AM||1826 views||1 time favorited||8 replies|
11-30-2012 10:56 AM
This is a topic that I have been curious for some time on. In America, there are tool companies that we look up to and regard for their high end products. Be it in the present or in the past. With more and more interest in woodworking tools that are not specific to the Americas (Japanese chisels and handsaws for example), I would have to assume that there are high end companies in Europe and Asia that we are completely oblivous to. And just like Stanley tools, for example, I would have to assume there are some companies that had a golden age to them with a gradual decline over the decades due to companies seeking out cheaper methods and materials for manufacturing.
So for everyone out there in every part of the world, what tool companies do you actively pursue that us Americans might be oblivious to? Are there plane and chisel brands that we may be turning our backs to because the name is not familiar to us that we shouldn’t? Are there brands that are local to your part of the world that we should stay away from? Are there classic company brands that you find yourself looking when browsing shops with used tools? I think this information would be helpful to a large number of woodworkers.
I will be honest. I did some serious soul searching before committing myself to put this topic out here. My fear is that this thread would turn into an international bashing of companies rather than a worldwide collection of knowledge. Please folks, lets keep this civil and use this opportunity to pool our resources for a positive thread.
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