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Cool old tool

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:36 am
by Reverand
I found this cool hammer today for $3.
I believe that it might have been made as a child's toy, but I don't know. It is 6 inches long, and not heavy enough for much else.
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It took me a few minutes to realize that the head screwed off of it, as well as the wooden plug on the bottom of the handle.
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Early on I thought it looked like it was of Japanese manufacture, and confirmed that tonight when taking photographs. The regular flat-blade screwdriver shaft is marked "Japan".
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I have no idea when this was made, but it looks just intriguing enough that I think it is worth my $3.

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:53 am
by cudgee
Reverand wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:36 am
I found this cool hammer today for $3.
I believe that it might have been made as a child's toy, but I don't know. It is 6 inches long, and not heavy enough for much else.

20200915_205722~2.jpg
It took me a few minutes to realize that the head screwed off of it, as well as the wooden plug on the bottom of the handle.
20200915_205812~2.jpg

Early on I thought it looked like it was of Japanese manufacture, and confirmed that tonight when taking photographs. The regular flat-blade screwdriver shaft is marked "Japan".

20200915_205949~2.jpg
I have no idea when this was made, but it looks just intriguing enough that I think it is worth my $3.
It is well worth your 3 bucks. It looks like it is tool for a specific purpose, but i have no idea what. The fact that it has so many attachments makes me think it is designed for a special purpose or industry/job. And Japanese tools are not junk. ::hmm::

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:58 am
by Reverand
It is certainly not junk. It seems well made, down to the threads on the wooden button in the handle. I am guessing it is from the early 60's or possibly before, since there is no plastic in it at all. From the 70's onward most everything is made from plastic.
I could be completely wrong on the dates - I am only guessing.

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:06 am
by cody6268
I'm gonna have to look into something like this for light around the house tasks that a multitool can't handle, and I'm not going downstairs to drag my toolboxes out. I have a tool that is made in Germany, and has a silver-plated brass handle that unscrews to reveal a couple of screwdrivers, a corkscrew, an awl, and a gimlet. The problem is that being brass, it's a really light-duty design. The steel chuck of your design is much heavier duty--and the red stained wood handle matches the old Miller's Falls 2A drill I used to use before my folks allowed me to use power tools.

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:07 am
by cudgee
Reverand wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:58 am
It is certainly not junk. It seems well made, down to the threads on the wooden button in the handle. I am guessing it is from the early 60's or possibly before, since there is no plastic in it at all. From the 70's onward most everything is made from plastic.
I could be completely wrong on the dates - I am only guessing.
I have seen one of those blades that has the flat end before, but i cannot remember where or what it was used for. ::dang:: But someone here will know, and put us out of our misery. ::ds::

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:38 pm
by bighomer
I had or have one similar to the one Cody is talking about, it's all metal. I have absolutely no idea where its at or even if it still around. ::shrug::

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:30 pm
by Kolvir
Is it possibly a upholster's hammer/tool?

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:48 pm
by cudgee
Kolvir wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:30 pm
Is it possibly a upholster's hammer/tool?
I think you are on the right path, it looks like something you would use for that, or leather.? But i may be completely wrong. ::doh::

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:34 am
by zoogirl
Whatever it is, it’s awesome! I would gladly have dropped three bucks on that little beauty!

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:51 am
by cudgee
zoogirl wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:34 am
Whatever it is, it’s awesome! I would gladly have dropped three bucks on that little beauty!
::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:05 pm
by Kolvir
cudgee wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:48 pm
Kolvir wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:30 pm
Is it possibly a upholster's hammer/tool?
I think you are on the right path, it looks like something you would use for that, or leather.? But i may be completely wrong. ::doh::

I have what I was told is a upholster's hammer that looks somewhat like it, but without the swappable tools. Those punches might be for leather. Would saddle makers use something like it? I know nothing about saddles, but a saddle maker's multi tool sounds much cooler than an upholster's. :)

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:18 pm
by carrmillus
....whatever it was made for, it's a neat old tool!!!........... ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: ..................

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:51 pm
by cudgee
Kolvir wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:05 pm
cudgee wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:48 pm
Kolvir wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:30 pm
Is it possibly a upholster's hammer/tool?
I think you are on the right path, it looks like something you would use for that, or leather.? But i may be completely wrong. ::doh::

I have what I was told is a upholster's hammer that looks somewhat like it, but without the swappable tools. Those punches might be for leather. Would saddle makers use something like it? I know nothing about saddles, but a saddle maker's multi tool sounds much cooler than an upholster's. :)
I have a couple of friends who worked in the saddlery industry, i cannot remember seeing anything that resembled this in their work shops, but hey, i cannot remember what time i got up this morning, have a good week. :)

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:57 am
by Reverand
Those are actually screwdriver blades.
You unscrew the hammer head and set it aside. Remove the blades from the handle, insert one into the collet where the hammer head used to be, then tighten down the setscrew to hold it in.
It is made well, but it would not hold up to seriously hard tasks.

Re: Cool old tool

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:48 pm
by jerryd6818
Maybe a household multi-tool?? ::shrug:: My maternal grandfather had a small, all metal, hammer that held nested screwdrivers in the handle.

Much like this.