Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works
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H. Boker & Co. hedge clippers
This is a pair of classic H. Boker & Co. “Trenton” hedge clippers from the 1930s. H. Boker was far more famous for their excellent knives, this is the first thing other than knives I’ve seen from them. The beefy high carbon steel blades have been thoroughly cleaned and well sharpened and the hardwood handles have been beautifully refinished with a classic linseed oil finish and an acrylic clearcoat for durability. Just a classic high quality tool that also looks great!
Craftsman classic hedge clippers, 1940s
This is a pair of Craftsman #8653 hedge clippers from the 1940s. The high carbon steel blades have been well cleaned and sharpened and the original ash handles have been treated to an old school linseed oil finish and an acrylic clearcoat. You can’t get a tool like this from WalMart!
Edge Tool Co. Jersey pattern.
This is an “Edge Tool Co.” marked Jersey pattern poll axe head. This is a full wedge profile 5lb head in great condition, clean, sharp, minor mushrooming on the poll. The head is also stamped “HOSE 10” on one cheek so I suspect this may have been a fire department engine axe in a previous life. This would make a spectacular heavy splitting axe!
Stanley #4 smoothing plane, type 16, 1933-1941
This is a Stanley Bailey #4 bench smoothing plane. The #4, along with the #5, was the staple of every carpenter’s toolbox in the day. This example is actually made in Canada, with 100% of the original body finish (plus a couple of very small paint splatters) and 100% of the original wood finish. This plane is clean, sharpened, and ready to work!
Stanley #5 jack plane, type 17, 1942-1945
This is a Stanley Bailey #5 jack plane. The #5, along with the #4, was the staple of every carpenter’s toolbox in the day. This appears to be a war production plane with the much thicker body casting. Original body finish is 95%, original wood finish is 90%. This plane is clean, sharpened, and ready to work!
Stanley No. 7 jointer plane, type 4. 1874 to 1884.
This is a great example of an early Stanley Bailey with some minor chipping at the back of the mouth that doesn’t effect the plane’s operation at all and a small chip on the side at the toe. Correct Stanley Rule and Level cutting iron (chip breaker screw hole at the top) with plenty of meat left on it. Excellent condition for a 130+ year old tool! The plane has been thoroughly cleaned and sharpened. The body finish is 60%+ , the wood is in excellent shape!. This is a great example of an early Stanley and is completely usable and ready to work!
This is a Stanley #18 block plane. This #18 is 6″ long with the adjustable mouth to prevent tearout when planing hard woods, standard cutting iron angle, vertical post depth adjuster, and a lateral adjustment lever. It also includes a “knuckle joint” lever cap (with minor pitting of the nickle plating) and tons of length left on the cutting iron. A great, usable, example of a plane that hasn’t been made since 1950!
Keen Kutter KK6 fore plane
This is an E. C. Simmons Hardware Keen Kutter KK6 fore place. This plane was made for Simmons by the Ohio Tool Company and closely matches the Stanley Bailey #6 plane. This KK6 has 75% of the original body finish, 100% of the original wood finish, and the correct Keen Kutter marked cutting iron that is much thicker than the Stanley irons. This plane is clean, sharp, and ready to go!
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Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday and Wednesday)
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298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)
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