My sorta apologies to Tim The Tool Man for stealing his shtick…
About a week ago, shortly after I put up a post about the neat little hand vise I scored off of Ebay, a reader contacted my via Email and asked me if I was interested in another one.
Heck Yes I Am!
He said he remembered seeing one in a tool box that had been laying around for quite a few years and offered to send it to me, from West Virginia!
So I gave Ronald my address and he came back a bit later and says he threw in a couple other little items and shipped them off.
Not only do I like old tools, I really like FREE old tools!
They showed up here Thursday while I was at work so as soon as I got home I see the package sitting on my chair so I tore into it.
This stuff is OLD. I love that.
There was a neat little scribe inside, one unlike any I had ever seen before.
So I Emailed him back to let him know I got the package, mentioned the scribe and he came back and said he had dug that out of his Grandfathers tool box.
His Civil War era Grandfather!
I am going to treasure that little beauty, it was the first thing I cleaned up.
The hand vise has been around too. It’s been broken, repaired and beefed up.
There were a couple of these little sweet hearts in the package too.
I haven’t started on the one in the middle yet.
I was amazed at even though these are quite obviously very old,there is only a very fine layer of rust on them. Not like the rust we get around here either. The rust we get around here ruins tools in a big hurry. My tools start rusting, inside my Roll Aways, inside the garage with the door closed if I don’t keep them oiled up.
Wherever these have been has been very, very, dry.
A quick shot of ol’ WD-40 and everything loosened right up with no problem whatsoever!
I was absolutely amazed at that.
So I started scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing.
That fine layer of rusty patina ain’t coming off for nothing.
I finally got a small wire wheel out and stuck it in a drill and went after it. After I got the hand vise cleaned up and working good, I hit it in a few spots on the belt sander to even the bite up on the jaws and shine them up a bit. The jaws are in excellent condition. That turned out so good I even used them to hold onto some of the other parts to clean them!
So Thanks Again Ron, I really appreciate you doing that and they are going to go into a special box that I have going for these old tools I am starting to collect.
These aren’t going to be Drawer Queens either.
I use all of my old tools as much as possible for a couple of reasons.
One, I like them, and two, it makes sure that they stay clean and oiled up.