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Old 03-23-2011, 08:55 AM   #1
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Default How old are these Craftsman Igniton Wrenches?

I have a set of Craftsman SAE wrenches marked: 8pc Combination Ignition Wrench Set, No. 4344, Super-Tuff Steel, Drop Forged. The plastic pouch has a metal snap stamped Craftsman, rather than a plastic snap. The wrenches are stamped, -V- series. The only parts of the wrenches that are polished are the open end faces, & the ends of the box end. I'm trying to determine the approximate year they were manufactured. The set belonged to my father, & I think he purchased them in the 60's. I've been unable to locate other Craftsman ignition wrenches that are marked with a -V-, & polished only on the ends. The other -V-series ignition wrenches I've located are totally polished. Any help in determining their age would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:15 AM   #2
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Looks just like the set I got in 1979.

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Old 03-23-2011, 10:22 AM   #3
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Default Re: How old are these Craftsman Igniton Wrenches?

Based on the Crown logo & the set number, I think you're looking at 1961-1967...

The set had changed to 10 pieces by 1968.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:45 AM   #4
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Those are nice looking ignition wrenches. Most of the ones I see are really thin and look more like stamped metal. These look like they have some real meat to them.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:57 AM   #5
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Those are nice looking ignition wrenches. Most of the ones I see are really thin and look more like stamped metal. These look like they have some real meat to them.
Thanks! Actually, I think the ones that are manufactured today are stamped, & as the pouch indicates, & these were forged.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:48 PM   #6
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Default Re: How old are these Craftsman Igniton Wrenches?

I got a 10 piece set for my 16th birthday (late 60's)...my pouch was black but tools look the same.
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those look like real wrenches.

the ones i got 2 years ago are pretty crudely stamped.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:33 PM   #8
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I got a 10 piece set for my 16th birthday (late 60's)...my pouch was black but tools look the same.
I just found the following link: http://www.roseantiquetools.com/id116.html
it has a collection of past Sears Craftsman catalogs online. The catalog number for these wrenches is No. 4344. The number was used from 1954 to 1967. The sets manufactured during that time period included 8 wrenches. A 1949 catalog showed that the number was, No. 4483, & the set included 8 wrenches. In 1968 the catalog number changed to, No. 43441, & the set included 10 wrenches. So 1968 was the first year Sears advertised the sets with 10 wrenches.

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Old 03-24-2011, 06:56 PM   #9
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thanx Twillers
you're right the cat. number IS 43441 so guess I lost a couple of years. the memory is the first thing to go and I'm not gonna tell you what the second is
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If anyone is interested, these wrenches are for sale. If you're interested, send me a PM.
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Default Re: How old are these Craftsman Igniton Wrenches?

I found these at the bottom of a tool box I bought at a yard sale this morning and figured I would post up some pictures so you could compare them. I have no idea when these were made but they do have a metal snap on the bag and the wrenches themselves have a V on them as well.
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:22 PM   #12
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I found these at the bottom of a tool box I bought at a yard sale this morning and figured I would post up some pictures so you could compare them. I have no idea when these were made but they do have a metal snap on the bag and the wrenches themselves have a V on them as well.
Thanks for the posting the photos. If you refer to post #8 in this thread, you'll see that the number stamped on your pouch, 43441, started being used in 1968. It was also when they started including 10 wrenches in the set. The other thing that's different about our sets is that your wrenches are fully polished, & earlier ones like mine are only polished on each end.

If you use the link from post #8, you can download a '68 Craftsman catalog, & say a '66 catalog to see the number change.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:43 PM   #13
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Looks just like the set I got in 1979.

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If you take a look at post #8 from this thread, you'll see that 1967 was the last year Sears sold the set I own. In 1968 it was changed.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:02 PM   #14
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Growing up I remember both my dad and older brother having a similar set and I assumed they were a must have but have always just used a socket set. I believe their sets had a yellow pack but that may have been the Craftsman Allen wrench set.
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