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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom. P. View Post
    I get it really! I bought my first hammer 38 years ago.Its an estwing steel claw hammer with a blue rubber grip.Still have it on my tool belt.Told my Son that one day this will be Yours!
    Gee thanks Dad!
    Thats my go to hammer, although probably has only 12 years on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golddogs View Post
    Very close. Mine doesn't have any of that writing on it, and isn't silver and black anymore, but very close.
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    I have a LOT of my Dads tools. He was a self employed trim carpenter.

    I have hand Planes ( Stanley Bed rock) and many old disston hand saws.

    But,, My favorite tool I have of his is his old Hart brand "trimmer" hammer....

    He had Nail guns,, but he always said if youreally want something fastened in place, you fasten it by hand nailing.
    That old Hickory handled Hart hammer, has marks, and sweat marks on it left from his hands..

    Striking a nail head correctly reminds me of hitting a baseball with the bats sweet spot.. You just know when it happens, and theres nothing like that feeling..

    Great story HPL

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    My favorite tool isn't a hammer but a crescent wrench given to my by my grandfather for helping him on some small job. When he gave it to me I put it with my tools and didn't think much of it, a few years later I had it out and cleaned it up a bit and found my great-grandfathers initials stamped in it. I don't know exactly how old it is but it was made by the Diamond Calk Horseshoe Co. in Duluth Minn. I use my hand tools everyday in my employment and its in my tool bag with all the others the gear that drives the adjustment and the adjustable side of this wrench are tighter than any adjustable wrench I have ever used, it just seems to fit your hand really well and I think it will outlast me. My uncle told me I should retire it, but every time I use it I think of both my grandfathers and don't think they would want me to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDogger View Post
    Be you an anvil sit ye still, be you a hammer strike your fill...
    Last edited by JDogger; 04-25-2013 at 11:43 PM.
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    Thanks HPL for the thread. You canlearn so much about sommeone by the possessions they prize. A hammer or a crescent wrench. My Father had a surveying chain. 66 feet long comprised of 120 6 inch links that when folded neatly would fit in your hand. An acre is 10 chains x 1 chain, 660ftx66ft. Many times he would pull out that chain to get a rough estimate of acreage. We would walk, each holding an end and rotate to get distance and compute acreage. It is gone now. When he passed, it was nowhere to be found. I would hate to think what i would pay to have it. 100 times its orriginal, 1000 times its orriginal value? Oh well that is not to be.

    HPL you should copy that post and give it to your kids. It tells so much about who you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caryalsobrook View Post
    Thanks HPL for the thread. You canlearn so much about sommeone by the possessions they prize. A hammer or a crescent wrench. My Father had a surveying chain. 66 feet long comprised of 120 6 inch links that when folded neatly would fit in your hand. An acre is 10 chains x 1 chain, 660ftx66ft. Many times he would pull out that chain to get a rough estimate of acreage. We would walk, each holding an end and rotate to get distance and compute acreage. It is gone now. When he passed, it was nowhere to be found. I would hate to think what i would pay to have it. 100 times its orriginal, 1000 times its orriginal value? Oh well that is not to be.

    HPL you should copy that post and give it to your kids. It tells so much about who you are.
    Brings back memories Cary, I spent about four summers tagging along with my dad surveying crop acreage and checking bin sites, that surveyors chain is still in my shop.

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