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Alloy Artifacts an "online resource for 20th century hand tools and the companies that made them".
posted by Mitheral (9 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
It's just like going through the book section of Lee Valley...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 9:05 PM on August 25, 2009

Hey, thanks for this.

Tool pr0n!
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 10:18 PM on August 25, 2009

siamese mutant!
posted by Rhomboid at 11:27 PM on August 25, 2009

A magnificent obsession.
posted by tellurian at 11:58 PM on August 25, 2009

wipes drool from chin
posted by Duke999R at 2:46 AM on August 26, 2009

Good stuff. When is MeFi going to introduce a 'Tool of the Week' feature?
posted by Abiezer at 4:17 AM on August 26, 2009

When is MeFi going to introduce a 'Tool of the Week' feature?

Well, there's MeTa...

You can see way, WAY cooler tools than these, with authentic grime, at a flea market near you every week. Of course, they don't have any identification and the guy behind the table speaks only in Grunt from behind a 6 foot beard so you'll have to figure out what the tools are yourself...
posted by DU at 4:42 AM on August 26, 2009

Considering this guy's worship of tools, I'd love to see his expression when we slip a 6' long pipe over the end of a wrench to increase leverage when trying to loosen a nut that refuses to budge. After he's pleading for us to stop, we'll fiendishly grind down the outside of a socket that's a little too big to go into the area surrounding the head of a bolt. And for good measure, we'll weld someone's initials onto the side of a wrench so no one can steal it.
posted by digsrus at 5:41 AM on August 26, 2009 [2 favorites]

If this locking adjustable wrench actually worked it would be awesome. I'm guessing lack of a modern version means better in theory than practise.
posted by Mitheral at 2:03 PM on August 26, 2009

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