A buyer's guide to many you can use
Synopsis: How do you go about getting your heart’s desire of tools while preserving as much of your bank account as possible? One way, writes Robert Sutter, is to go the antique tool route. He offers advice on how to search for old tools — how to deal with dealers and tool collectors, and how to avoid poor-quality tools. What can you expect to find in your searching and what will it cost? He answers those questions here based on his 15 years of collecting and more than 30 years of buying tools for his workshop. He covers braces, saws, adzes, drawknives, and chisels.
The latest tool catalog has come in the mail, so you settle down with the “wishing book” in eager anticipation. But my oh my, those prices: sixteen dollars for a saw, twenty-two for a brace, sixty for a plough plane. It sure puts a damper on your ardor…