Need help dating these Irwin Screw Drivers..

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Forum topic by Airframer posted 07-10-2014 01:57 AM 2864 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2014 01:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question irwin screwdriver wood handle

These just arrived in my shop..

The single phillips of the set has a patent info on it and what appears to be a license number

I am having some trouble finding any information on the web about these. I am mainly just trying to date them. The closest I got was a 1951 catalog that lists “Nu-Series” screwdrivers but the handles are much more modern and maroon or green plastic or black wood so these have to predate those or did this handle show up later? All I know is these are brand freakin’ new and say “U.S. of A” on them love it!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 07-10-2014 02:00 AM

To date them sounds kind of creepy but I think if it were me I would ask them if they wanted to go out for a drnk or dinner or something.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 07-10-2014 02:01 AM

They are playing hard to get. I am thinking of simply tossing them in my trunk for now..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 07-10-2014 02:21 AM

NICE, I’d keep them in the box. I have seen these before but don’t have any myself.

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#4 posted 07-10-2014 02:33 AM

These look like some Grace screwdrivers. They do ‘private label’ stuff also. Don’t know how long they’ve been doing that though. I’ve used them and love them.

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

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#5 posted 07-10-2014 01:12 PM

Eric, sorry I cannot help date them, but I’ve also seen the painted ones, and you have a great set now! They look nicely cared for as well!

NOS rocks! :)

Just signing on to watch your replies in case the right person seea the photos, and knows the answer…I’d like to know the date, too! Call me weird, but I like knowing the date of manufacter of my vintage tools! We need more type and date studies for brand names other than Stanley, IMO.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 07-10-2014 01:42 PM

I bought a set of those new, back around ‘74 I think, I still have them.

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#7 posted 07-10-2014 04:36 PM

I like your sense of humor Dallas because I would have replied the same way!

As far as dating these, “Irwin”: is still in business and they may be able to answer your question!

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#8 posted 07-11-2014 02:34 AM

I second old novice give Irwin a call or email they are very helpful with questions.

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#9 posted 07-11-2014 12:44 PM

That is a beautiful screwdriver set. Take care of them.

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#10 posted 07-11-2014 12:50 PM

I had some of these my dad gave me over time after he got better ones, I barely remember them from the early eighties, so I’m guessing mid seventies vintage.

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#11 posted 07-11-2014 01:43 PM

My first thought on reading the title was similar to Dallas’s response, though a little more crass. I’d think the best pick up line would be “Hey there good lookin’. Wanna go screw?”

It’s a nice set and I’m tempted to purchase the last one from the ebay seller.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 07-12-2014 03:27 AM

Funny guys! I’m not quite sure how I could have titled this question differently but got a few chuckles out of it.

It is looking more and more like mid ‘70’s is the answer. That makes then nearly as old as me and have aged much better it would appear lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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