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Off Topic The Hand Tool thread

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by phantomknives, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

    529
    Nov 14, 2017
    Very nice number 5! Looks like a type 11! 1900-1915 (or something like that). I love finding them just like that! Rusty with a little dirt/sand mixed in, that rust will come off way easier than you think because of that dirt! Plenty of iron left on her too! Nice score!!
     
  2. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
    wait these are floats? i didnt know they'd be rounded
     
  3. A17

    A17

    446
    Jan 9, 2018
    Here's a FREE 100-125lb 6 inch jawed vise. It works but its rusty and has a chunk out of the guide. The 4th pic is from the back of the guide to the tip of the screw end. Just for fun I took some pics of it with my other bench vises. I guess vises are one of my vices.:D The top is a 3.5 inch jaw Littlestown my dad "gave" me (he just doesn't know it yet) and the middle is a "Monkey" Ward's anvil vise no 117. It was a definite strain on my bench's holding capacity.
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  4. A17

    A17

    446
    Jan 9, 2018
    I don't think it's a float. It looks like a "soft metal" file. A float has straight teeth, not curved ones.
     
  5. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    367
    Mar 8, 2011
    Yes, I thought that. It's much more like a car body file for "lead loading", from when lead was used as a filler. Another style was flexible with a turnbuckle on the back or the holder for use on curves. Maybe.....
     
  6. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Not familiar with any floats that have teeth? There are probably many tools I am not at all familiar with though.
     
  7. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    The file it's self is like any file, hard, stiff and not at all flexible.
    Here is one of my handles. It's an old Plomb, a company that made many tools for the automotive industry. There is a swivel on both ends of the rod. The sole is spring steel so this could possibly accommodate a file with some bend in it. I have not seen any curved files but I have not looked either. The extra weight of this handle aids in it's use. These files are very much like the newer Iwasaki carvers files.
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  8. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    367
    Mar 8, 2011
    That is an automotive lead loading file/rasp, are you sure there isn't any flex in the file?


    And a 27" London pattern screwdriver.

    [​IMG]

    Obviously for precision work ;) . Sadly can't make out the mark & date.
     
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  9. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    And a beauty it is. I could find a use for that on occasion.

    As far as flex you can get some. But it is very slight.
     
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  10. phantomknives

    phantomknives

    Mar 31, 2016
    I keep telling people that those are screw drivers but they doubt me because they're absolutely massive
     
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  11. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Anyone know what wood they use for those screws?
     
  12. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Now THAT'S a vise!
     
  13. A17

    A17

    446
    Jan 9, 2018
    An update on THAT vise. Turns out the screw was rusted solid. It took 1/2 a can of 3in1 spray lube and a 4lb sledge to bust it loose. It's still so stiff I'll have to finish unscrewing it with a hammer and clean the threads very well. Moving it around and holding it still is a royal pain.
    Ps. The anvil it's on is a 100lber + or - for scale.
     
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  14. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    I think most are Maple.
     
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  15. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    367
    Mar 8, 2011
    Or Boxwood or Beech..... maybe.
     
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  16. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    I was thinking boxwood. I'm recalling that many chess pieces are turned of boxwood.

    "Boxwood tends to be somewhat difficult to work in flat dimensions, though it is superbly suited for turning."
    https://www.wood-database.com/boxwood/
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2018
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  17. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Some new vise kits available today use "hard maple".

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  18. A17

    A17

    446
    Jan 9, 2018
    I think mine's beech. It has medullary? rays and is fairly hard. That kit has the exact same parts as mine.
     

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