Wednesday Tools

Nothing happening in the shop this week, but here’s a picture of a tool I’ve had since 1972.  It was the first pair of pliers I owned.  Bought them myself from money I earn mowing lawns.

70's pilers

70’s pliers

Yes, you can still buy them today, but these are mine and no you can’t borrow them.

I painted the number eight on them along with the letter ‘A’ because my brother and I used the same workshop and he kept stealing my tools so I did an inventory and marked mine.

I didn’t need to, because when he moved out later in 72 he left all the tools behind for me – still have the vise-grips and hammer.

Hopefully there will be a real project next week.


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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18 Responses to Wednesday Tools

  1. I still have my pepere’s (grandfathers) pliers I’m sure they date back before 1970″s. They made stirdy tools then. I’m amazed how many sockets get broken now. they just don’t make things to last anymore. 😦

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  2. Barb Knowles says:

    This is awesome. I want them.


  3. Cool you still have those. Trusty pliers.


  4. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Good choice—Utica—and built to last.

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  5. So I’ll add pliers to my toilet, toaster and iron list of unchanging items in a rapidly changing world…

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  6. Hope says:

    We talk about how things were so well-made in the 50s-70s. My mom still has a pan she received for her wedding. It is the most sturdy, awesome well-built pan. It’s hard to find well-made things these days. I like looking at tools although I’m not that handy, only gifted with scissors and kitchen knives.

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  7. PiedType says:

    Looks just like the pliers I have somewhere. You mean they don’t look like this anymore?

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  8. Amazing how pliers have changed in 50 years. Not much else you can say that about.

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  9. Ready for action after all these years. Posed left to right like a barracuda downstream.

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