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History of Small Hand Tools

Zona Tools and Blackstone Industries manufacture the highest quality brands of hand tools like razor saws, hack saws and more. We thought it would be interesting to look at a history of hand tools in America, and we hope you enjoy the read!

Logging Axes

There were two main axes used in woodworking back in the 1800s. The two were called single bitted or double bitted. The first axe would cut through any bark, and the second axe would be used to cut down a tree. According to Collectorsweekly.com, these axes were used by pioneers to cut through crops and build homes. Many of the axes had one side for cutting and another blunt side with a flat hammer.

 

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Misery Whips

These were the new tool in the 1800’s used to cut down trees. They were called misery whips due to the past frustration of using a saw. Misery whips were able to stay sharp, and can be a one-man saw or a two-man saw. These were used for cutting down trees, especially large trees.

 

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Compass Saw

 

This Dutch-shaped saw was made of wood and brass. The ones that came out in later years were not made of such high quality, and were made from steel and cheaper materials. The shape of this handle was not able to be achieved again due to the mass production in factories.

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Bench Planes

This plane was able to cut precise edges on wooden boards. This was one of the basic bench tools of the 19th century. According to Antiques.lovetoknow.com, these are one of the most sought after vintage tools.

 

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Anvil

The anvil is a solid block of iron or steel that is used for working with metals, from shoeing horses to jewelsmithing. The metal can be shaped with heat and then hammered to get the desired shape.

 

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The Circular Saw

From the 18th century, one of the newer tools was the circular saw. With accurate and sharp cuts, the saw was the official tool for getting a job done in minimum time. With a comfortable handle, and a thin blade with teeth, its able to cut through many materials with ease.

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The Wrench

The appearance of tools has changed drastically with the invention of the wrench. From gripping objects to fastening knobs and bolts, the wrench was the new useful tool of the 20th century.

 

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The Chainsaw
Finally, a tool with electric power behind it was the chainsaw. This was a portable saw that was able to cut through trees and other tough materials. With spinning teeth, the chainsaw soon became a staple to every craftsman and household.

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The Screw

The Phillips screw made its first debut for the 1936 Cadillac. Invented by Henry F. Phillips, these screws were forced in by a drill. They quickly became popular for everyday things from hanging paintings to drilling pieces of wood together.

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