Vintage Tools

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Starrett Dividers (great for laying out dovetails)

I have an affinity for vintage tools.  In my opinion older tools were made much better with much better steel.  Now, I’m not saying there aren’t some quality tools manufactured today, there are, however compared to a nicely made vintage tool they just don’t stand up.  Steel prior to WWII had a higher carbon content and resulted in better tool steel plus the manufacturing processes were different.  It seems quality was paramount then while quantity is paramount now.  They also feel better in the hand.

In addition, using a saw or chisel that is a century old evokes emotions in this woodworker that simply cannot be explained.  There is just something about holding a tool in my hand that has a history; I enjoy thinking about workmen past who may have used the same tool in a similar fashion.  Using a work of art to create, hopefully, another work of art is just amazing.  The fit, feel, and finish of a vintage tool just cannot be replaced with modern technology.

This is my opinion, take it for what it is.

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