Hand Tools

Worst Tool Ever…

We feature a lot of really great tools here at The Garage Journal… and that’s exactly what I was looking to feature today. But then, I got to thinking – maybe we are neglecting the bad stuff in a bad way? So, I began looking for the worst tool ever made. I think I found it… It’s a 24″ wrench. It’s sculpted to look like a hand pinching the bolt. It strips the unstripable.

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Mystery Vice Grips

What you see above is a pair of vintage vice grips that a buddy of mine got from an old locksmith. What makes them special is that no matter the thickness of the material you are clamping, the jaws stay parallel to each other. This is done through an intricate cam system hidden by it’s stamped and riveted body.

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The Every Day Screwdriver

Does anyone else share my obsession for vintage keychain screwdrivers? I ask… because, well I think I might have a problem. And these things aren’t always cheap. Here’s a small selection. Some I own, some I don’t. What you got?

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Duff Mfg. Jack Stands

You know those high end “urban salvage” places that find industrial goods at auction, wire wheel them, price them astronomically, and then market them to interior designers? I found the above jack stands at one of those places. And I would have bought them, but the pair was priced at $650.

The thing is, I loathe jack stands. I don’t like using them, I don’t like storing them, I just don’t like them… and really, this is the only reason I have a lift. So, getting me to buy a pair of $650 jack stands is next to impossible – even if they just might be the coolest jack stands in the world.

Apparently, they were made sometime in the early 1900’s by Duff Mfg. in Pittsburg, Pa.

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Shinola Screwdriver Set

An American watch company makes and markets a 100% American made screwdriver set. I’ve got screwdrivers coming out the whazzoo, but if I didn’t I’d own these. I absolutely love the nod to tradition by way of the handle shape and the black oxide finish is rad as well.

Details here.

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