For the most part I consider Alaska to be an old tool hell. We just don’t have the history of the lower 48 states, and of course never had any tool manufacturing. I find a few things on Craigslist, and once in a while at a garage sale. Of the three antique stores in town, one believes any old tool is worth a fortune, condition be damned, the other works on consignment and takes 50% of the sale price, the third is a bit more reasonable and when I stopped in the other day actually had a dozen or so tools scattered around, but nothing I couldn’t live without. The one place that I hit regularly is the Habitat for Humanity Restore. I have found a few nice things there over the years. This weeks haul which was accumulated over two visits was not too bad by anchorage standards, but nothing for you pickers from down south to get excited about.
A new old stock Stanley and a General off set ratcheting screw driver, 3 packages of Trojan coping saw blades, a Craftsman drill arbor, miscleanous auger bits, an interesting bass level, some brass screws, and some un-plated steel screws. I’m always happy to find slotted wood screws (especially un-plated ones), as no place in town sells them anymore. The offset screwdriver packages look to be pre zipcode, so I’m guessing early 1960′s Both have original price tags at $1.95 for the Stanley and $.96 for the General!
The level is interesting,with two windows and one bubble. Anyone have any idea what it might have been used for?
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you found some neat old tools this week too!