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Old 12-20-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges

Last Updated: 10/19/13
(Note-- items in red are the latest updates)

Early Craftsman Series (generally pre-1947, some exceptions):

A-circle = Empire, ca. 1935 -1973

B-circle = Wilde, ca. 1949-1958

BC = unknown U.S. manufacturer, ca. ?

BE = New Britain, ca. 1931 - 1947

BM = S-K, ca. 1939 - 1951

BT = Vlchek/New Britain, ca. 1936 - 1938

Cxx = Probably New Britain or Hinsdale, ca. 1932 - 1936

CI = unknown U.S manu., ca. 1930 - 1945

CF or C-F = Probably Herbrand, ca. 1934 - 1939

CK = Unknown U.S. manu., ca. 1939 - 1943

Craftsman Vanadium = unknown U.S. Manu, ca. 1931 - 1941

C8 = JP Danielson, ca. 1930 -1936

F-circle = Miller Falls, ca. 1949 - 1964

G-circle = possibly Lectrolite, ca. 1949 - 1964

H-circle = New Britain, ca. 1931 - 1947

K-circle = SK, ca. 1939 - 1951 perhaps later

N-square = unknown U.S. manu., ca ? - ?

P-circle = Wilde, ca. 1945 - 1973

S-circle = Kastar, ca. 1960 - 2008, perhaps earlier

V-circle = unknown U.S. manu., ca. ? - 1985

U-circle = Plomb/Penens, ca. 1944 - 1948

Y-circle = possibly Ridge Tool, ca. ? - ?

Z-circle = Mayhew, ca. 1957 - 1969

Modern Craftsman Series (generally 1947 and later, some exceptions):

AZ-circle = J.H. Williams & Co, ca. 1955 - 1967

BF = probably Daido, possibly KTC, Japanese made, ca 1969 - 1987

C = likely Crescent division of Cooper Industries, ca. 1964 - 1973

C = Stanley Works, Taiwanese made, ca. ? - ?
(note--Canadian Craftsman series code)

CG = unknown U.S. manu., ca. 2001 - 2005

D = Kington, Chinese made, ca. 1992 - 2008

DAA = Danaher, Chinese made, ca. 2011-?

DJ = Mitutoyo, Japanese made, ca. 1968 perhaps earlier & later

E/EE = National Hand Tools/later Stanley Works-NHT division, Taiwanese made, ca. 1982 - 1991

EEE/EEC/EE7 = Stanley Works, Taiwanese made, ca. 1988 - 2009
(note-- may be Canadian Craftsman series codes)

F = Danaher/possibly K-D division, ca. ? - 2008

G = Easco, ca. 1980 - 1989 perhaps as early as 1979

G continued = Danaher, ca. 1990 - 2011

G1 = Danaher, ca. 2000 - 2004

G2 = Danaher, ca. 2004 - 2008

G2D = Danaher, ca. 2008 - 2011

GD = Danaher, ca. 2008 - 2009

GK = Danaher/Kingsley Tools, ca. 2003 - 2011

GK-A = Danaher/Kingsley Tools, ca. 1999 - 2003

GK-F = Danaher/Kinsley Tools, ca. 2007 - 2008

GK-G = Danaher/Kingsley Tools, ca. 2007 - 2008

GK-X = Danaher/Kinsley Tools, ca. ? - 2008

H = Danaher/Holo-Krome, ca. 1994 - 2011

HZ = Danaher/Holo-Krome, ca. ? - 2008

HZ O = Danaher/Holo-Krome, ca. 2008 - 2009

HZ OO = Danaher/Holo-Krome, ca. 2008 - 2009

I-circle = Parker Mfg Co, ca. 1962 - 1986

JW = J.H. Williams & Co, ca. 1968 - 1972

K = SK division of Facom, ca. 1985 - 2004, could still be NOS

K = Danaher, ca. 2009 - 2010

K1W = Danaher, ca. 2007

K3V = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008

K3X = Danaher, ca. 2007 -2008

K0Z = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011

K2Z = Danaher, ca. ? - ?

K6Z = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011

K7Z = Danaher, ca. 2010 - ?

K4W = Danaher, ca. 2007 - ?

K9W = Danaher, ca. 2008 - 2009

KAA = Danaher, ca. 2011 - ?

KR = Danaher, ca. 2005 - 2008

KU = Danaher, ca. 1992 - 2005

KV = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008

KW = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, probably earlier

KX = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, probably earlier

KY = Danaher, ca. 2009 - 2011

KZ = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011

L1X = Danaher, ca. 2008 - ?

LC = probably Lectrolite, ca. ? - 1964

L SI = Simonds International, ca. 2008 - 2011

LZ = Danaher, Made in Taiwan, ca. 2010 - ?

M6W = Dahaher, ca. 2007 - 2008

M6Y = Dahaher, ca. 2009 - 2009

M7Y = Danaher, ca, ? - ?

MG = MG Spa, Italy, ca. 1970 - 1973 (note-found on vernier calipers)

N = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2009

OA = Unknown U.S. manu., ca. ? - ?

P = Wilde, ca. 2008 - 2011, perhaps earlier

Q = Pratt Read, ca. 2002 - 2006

R = Pratt Read, ca. 2002 - 2006

PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2002 - 2009

Q PR = Pratt Read, ca. ? - ?

S PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2008

T PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2008

U PR1-3 = Pratt Read, ca. 2008

V PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2008

W PR = Pratt Read, ca 2007 - 2009

X PR = Pratt Read, ca 2009 - 2009

ST = Stanley Works, likely Taiwanese made, ca. 2007 - 2009
(note- this is a Canadian Craftsman series code)

T1V = Danaher, ca. 2006 - 2007

T2W = Danaher, ca. 2008

T3W = Danaher, ca. 2008

T3Y = Danaher, ca. 2004

T4Z = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011

T5V = Danaher, ca. 2008

T5W = Danaher, ca. 2008

T1X = Danaher, ca. ? - 2007

T2X = Danaher, ca. ? - 2007

T5X = Danaher, ca. 2008

T-hex (T inside hex outline) = Milbar, ca. 2010 - 2011

V = Moore Drop Forge, ca. 1946 - 1967

V (continued) = Easco, ca. 1968 - 1986 perhaps as late as 1991 as NOS

VE = Danaher, ca. ? - ?

VF = Danaher, ca. likely early 1990's

VG = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 1995

VH = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 1997

VJ = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 2008

VK = Danaher, ca. 1996 - ?

VL = Danaher, ca. 1995

VM = Danaher, ca. 1998 - ?

VN = Danaher, ca. 1999 - 2001

VP = Danaher, ca. 2000 - ?

VQ = Danaher, ca. 2001 - 2004

VR = Danaher, ca. 2002 - ?

VS = Danaher, ca. 1995 - 2003

VT = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2006

VU = Danaher, ca. 2005

VV = Easco, ca. 1974 - 1989

VV continued = Danaher, ca. 1990 - 2011

VW = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2009

V^(2nd V inverted) = Danaher, Armstrong Division, ca. 1992 - 2012

^V(1st V inverted) = Danaher, ca. 2010 - ?

VVH = Danaher, ca. 1997 - ?

VVL = Danaher, ca. 2000 - ?

VVN = Danaher, ca. 2005

VVS = Danaher, ca. 2003

VVT = Danaher, ca. 2004 - 2005

VVV = Danaher, ca. 2008

VVW = Danaher, ca. 2008

VVX = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, possibly earlier

VVY = Danaher, ca. 2009 - 2009

VVZ = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011

W = SK Hand tools, post-Facom , ca. 2005 - 2008

WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - 2011

WF ll = Western Forge, ca. 1969 - ?

WF D = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

WF J = Western Forge, ca. 1991 - ?

WF K = Western Forge, ca. ?

WF L = Western Forge, ca. ? - 2009

WF R = Western Forge, ca. ?

WF U = Western Forge, ca. 2008

WF V = Western Forge, ca. 2008 - 2011

WF W = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2009

WF X = Western Forge, ca. 2008 - 2009

WF Y = Western Forge, ca. 2009 - 2011

WF Z = Western Forge, ca. 2010 - 2011

A WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

B WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

C WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

D WF = Western Forge, ca. 1993 - 2000

E WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

F WF = Western Forge, ca. 2003

G WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

H WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

J WF = Western Forge, ca. 1995

K WF = Western Forge, ca. 1995

L WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

M WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

N WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

O WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

P WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

Q WF = Western Forge, ca. 1990 - 1995

R WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

S WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - 2009

T WF = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2009

U WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

V WF = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2009

W WF = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2009

X WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - 2009

Y WF = Western Forge, ca. 2009 - 2011

Z WF = Western Forge, ca. 2010 - 2011

+ WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - ?

* WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - ?

> WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

|| WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

∆ WF = Western Forge, ca. 1966 - ?

□ WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - ?

7 WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

X = SK Hand tools, post-Facom , ca. 2008 - 2009

X = Mayhew, ca. 2010 - 2011

Y = Danaher, Made in China, ca. 2009 - 2010

Z = Mayhew, ca. 1957 - 2011

3 = Kastar, ca. 1991

4 = Kastar, ca. 1992

7 = Easco, ca. 1987 - 1991 (SS & Lifetime ratchets)

[ = Kastar, ca. 2002 - 2009 possibly earlier

Hex-Line = Kastar, ca. 2009 - ?

.(Dot) = SK, ca. 2008 - 2009
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:19 PM   #2
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Gang,

I've abandoned the original thread Craftsman: Series Time Frame. The thread had become too long and I could no longer update the series code table. The original thread is still there for historical purposes, but will no longer be updated or maintained by me.

I have created this new thread, and given it a new name that is more descriptive. Feel free to use this thread to research the dates and OEMs of your Craftsman hand tools. Also feel free to post new or updated information. If you are supplying evidence of a new series code, please post a photo of the tool it was found on and a close up photo of any of the stampings on the tool.
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Gang,

I found an interesting new series code thanks to LSVLANCE here on the GJ. This code was found on a pair of vernier calipers:

MG = unknown Italian manu., ca. 1972 -1973 (maybe earlier and/or later)

If anybody has any ideas who this Italian OEM is, or if you have any of the following Craftsman tool catalogs, please PM me:

1970, 1971, or 1974 - 1979.
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Gang,

The mystery Italian maker of Calipers was solved by a new guy, Savonia, over on the GG. Turns out the company is MG Spa of Italy.

I made a series of additions and updates today:

New codes added
K0Z = Danaher, ca. ?
K2Z = Danaher, ca. ?
K6Z = Danaher, ca. ?
M7Y = Danaher, ca. ?

UpdateS to existing codes
G (date extended to 2011)
G2D (date extended to 2011)
GK (date extended to 2011)
H (date extended to 2011)
LS I (date extended to 2011)
MG (OEM assigned and date range changed to 1970 - 1973)
P (date extended to 2011)
T-hex (date extended to 2011)
VV (date extended to 2011)
V^ (date extended to 2011)
VVZ (date extended to 2011)
WF (date extended to 2011)
WF V (date extended to 2011)
WF Y (date extended to 2011)
WF Z (date extended to 2011)
Y WF (date extended to 2011)
Z WF (date extended to 2011)
X (date extended to 2011)
Z (date extended to 2011)
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Gang,

Added a new code today and modified two existing codes:

New Code Added

T3Y = Danaher, ca. 2004

Existing Codes Updated

G1 = Danaher, ca. 2000 - 2004

G2 = Danaher, ca. 2004 - 2008

That is all.
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Didn't realize you were still doing this, Lauver. Kudos to you. Good work!
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Didn't realize you were still doing this, Lauver. Kudos to you. Good work!
Yeh, been at it for four years now. I run the same thread on three different sites. Keeps me busy. The demographics have really changed here on the GJ in the last 12 months or so. Not so much interest in the Crafty stuff any more... things change.
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Yeh, been at it for four years now. I run the same thread on three different sites. Keeps me busy. The demographics have really changed here on the GJ in the last 12 months or so. Not so much interest in the Crafty stuff any more... things change.
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I'm one of the "12-monthers" but I will admit I am interested. I have even read this thread at least once before.

But here's the rub, when I buy a ~1954 boxhead (aka pearhead) Craftsman ratchet there isn't even a model number on it. This one does have the "V" stamped on it so your list is relevant. But I also have a "V" stamped teardrop ratchet (several actually). Without my knowing that the two ratchets were over a decade apart in manufacture, I wouldn't know which one was made by whom. I do happen to know which is which though. But according to your list the second one could be an Easco or a Moore.

I think this list would be greatly enhanced with some old catalogs to make some visual comparisons.

Or maybe, some of the guys here can post pix of their ratchets if they know what they are, when they bought them, yada-yada . . .

And thanks for all your work!

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kc-steve,

I feel your pain. The V-series is huge; it spans 1946 -1986 (perhaps a little later), two OEMs, and just about every tool catagory known to man. There are, however, small visual clues on most tools that can help to narrow the broader V-series date range.

If you want to post your Crafty ratchets on this thread, I'll help you narrow the date ranges where possible and share what knowledge I have of dating these tools.
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I refer to this thread all the time, I have it bookmarked. Out of curiosity what are the other forums that are more Craftsman friendly? I do feel a little out of place here, everyone here is so pro-tool truck and I'm just a home guy.
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I feel your pain. . . . If you want to post your Crafty ratchets on this thread, I'll help you narrow the date ranges where possible and share what knowledge I have of dating these tools.
Okay THANKS! Maybe this will be the start of more to come.

The first two photos are of the circa ~1954 boxhead I mentioned above. No doubt that the "V" stamp means it was made by Moore by the list info.






But the four newer ratchets below are very outwardly similar as you can see in the photos below.






But on close examination (excuse my bad photo), you can see that the two middle ratchets are stamped with a "-V-" while the top ratchet has a "VM" and the bottom ratchet has the "VV." Your list does explain the differences, but I'm still scratching my head over all the V ratchets. Are they a Moore or Easco manufacture?

Both the middle -V- ratchets are model # 43784.

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Yeh, been at it for four years now. I run the same thread on three different sites. Keeps me busy. The demographics have really changed here on the GJ in the last 12 months or so. Not so much interest in the Crafty stuff any more... things change.
Ah hem... actually, some of us (newbies and otherwise) still have an interest in the Craftsman stuff. For me, its old Craftsman -V- tools passed down from my father (which still see regular use). I'm glad someone is taking the time and effort to do this research! So a BIG thank you is in order!
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Yes, another hearty thank you for all of your work. I'm interested in researching all of my vintage tool finds and this invaluable. Again, thanks!
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kc-steve,

Quick follow up question-- Do one or both of the two V-series teardrop ratchets have oil ports on the end of the heads? This is one of those small details I was telling you about. Let me know and then we can get down to business on all your V-series ratchets.
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Quick follow up question-- Do one or both of the two V-series teardrop ratchets have oil ports on the end of the heads? This is one of those small details I was telling you about. Let me know and then we can get down to business on all your V-series ratchets.
At first, I didn't think any of them did have the oil hole, but I decided to double check. I about fell over when I saw the -VV- ratchet at the bottom of the group has what looks like a ball-detent at the top of the head. So I guess that is the oil hole, right?

BTW, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't any "V" marked Craftsman a hold-over from Craftsman's past when they used "Chrome Vanadium" to indicate their high-quality line of tools?

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kc-steve,

OK, now we're ready.

V-series Boxhead ratchet: Based on catalog evidence, these ratchets were offered by Sears between 1948 and 1956 and are clearly the product of Moore Drop Forge. These ratchets issued in the modern, post-WWII, era of Crafty ratchets. There were some subtle cosmetic changes to the handle (depressed area between the raised panel and the head) but we haven't been able to date these changes. So, the best we can do is date your boxhead ratchet to 1948 - 1956.

V-series Long Lever Teardrop ratchets (2): These two ratchets are both from the same period, 1980 - 1986, and were made by Easco. The keys to dating these ratchets are the disappearance of the oil port (in 1980) and the disappearance of the V-series code (in 1986, perhaps a little later as NOS).

VV-series Long Lever Teardrop ratchet: This ratchet was made by Easco between 1974 and 1979. The keys to dating this ratchet are the appearance of the VV-series code (1974) and the disappearance of the oil port (1980). Since your ratchet has an oil port, it can be no later than 1979.

VM-series late style (with figure 8 cover plate) Tear Drop ratchet: This newer style of teardrop ratchet was first introduced about 1994 and is still sold today (2011). This style of teardrop ratchet was made by Danaher. The key to dating your ratchet is the VM-series code. VM is a "ratchet only" series code and we have only one date observation for this series code. So, the best we can do is date your ratchet to 1998 based on our limited data.

Lastly, I'm unaware of any connection between Chrome Vanadiam marked tools and V-series tools. I'm not saying that there is no connection, just saying we have no persuasive evidence at this time.

Hope this helps...
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Maybe I can help shed a little light on one of the codes. I have a round head ratchet marked VL, and it came in a set I bought in 1995. Hope this helps.
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