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#1815139 - 04/30/15 12:56 AM Cool Tools from WWII
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I've been going through my grandfather's tools and I found some really cool wrenches. I did some internet research and I found that one of them was a civilian issue combo wrench from Plvmb. It actually says 'war finish' on the wrench because it wasn't chrome plated it was cadmium plated...don't wire wheel that! Toxic dust. It is amazing to find in my inherited tools several wartime issue tools that might have been involved in the war effort. Here is a shot of the wrench.


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#1815140 - 04/30/15 12:58 AM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Close up.


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#1815144 - 04/30/15 01:04 AM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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I found a snap on roll up with an assortment of wrenches, it has three of the cadmium plated wrenches and other similar era wrenches.


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#1815148 - 04/30/15 01:08 AM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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That's really cool! Thanks for sharing, I love this kind of stuff

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#1815150 - 04/30/15 01:09 AM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Cool stuff up
Probably doesnt look out of place in your kitchen grin

I have a bunch of unplated sockets and such from my Dads tools. Some very old Craftsman stuff.
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#1815151 - 04/30/15 01:10 AM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Very cool ! I have a bunch of Plomb tools actually, they were made out here, plus a bunch of other vintage wrenches, sockets etc. (Fairmount,SK, VLCheck, Penens, snap on, etc,etc) biggrin

(none with the war finish markings though!)
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#1815152 - 04/30/15 01:12 AM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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http://plombtools.com/year-markings-2/

Cool info on the markings they used..
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#1815156 - 04/30/15 01:17 AM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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#1815164 - 04/30/15 01:37 AM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Great website...I have one of the Proto/Plvmb wrenches from 1948 in my roll up. I was looking at this one, and it has a lot of really cool information on old tool brands.

http://home.comcast.net/~alloy-artifacts/plomb-gallery.html

I have some 1947 and 1948 snap on sockets too. I wish I had a complete set...but seeing these old tools and actually using them is an unique experience. I really enjoy using these old tools, thinking of all the repairs they made over the years.


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#1815307 - 04/30/15 10:02 AM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Plomb made some good stuff.

I've got an old belt grinder with a war finish tag on it.

Due to the material restrictions and increased production rates required for the war efforts many companies had to make changes to their products. Cosmetic finishes were changed and high demand metals were replaced with other materials. A former brass or aluminium cover would likely be replaced with a lesser quality steel. Labor intensive cosmetic finishes were skipped for a more coarse surface.

To let the buyer know the products were not up to the companay's normal standards a "war finish" tag or stamping was used. It was also done to show the company was doing their part to support the war effort.

Those markings make for a neat addition to an old item.

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#1815542 - 04/30/15 02:25 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: feets]
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Originally Posted By feets


To let the buyer know the products were not up to the companay's normal standards a "war finish" tag or stamping was used. It was also done to show the company was doing their part to support the war effort.

Those markings make for a neat addition to an old item.


Sad part is that "not up to company standard" stuff from WWII is probably better than 90% of today's junk.
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#1815588 - 04/30/15 03:32 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Here are some of my Plomb wrenches... (I have sockets, speed wrenches, etc too..)

I have different era ones..the smooth ones, and the ones with the little bumps on them.


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#1815589 - 04/30/15 03:33 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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#1815590 - 04/30/15 03:34 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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One of the speed wrenchs..


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#1815592 - 04/30/15 03:35 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Recently picked up this neat little SK kit.. 1/4" drive.


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#1815598 - 04/30/15 03:37 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Have a bunch of early Craftsman sockets too, with the older type logo..

Oh, and also a Plomb little 1/4" drive breaker bar you could call it. I actually have a bunch of these, similar sized in different older brands. biggrin


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#1815601 - 04/30/15 03:39 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Various older wrenches... nice even sizes back then too, like 19/32 laugh2


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#1815602 - 04/30/15 03:40 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Got a bunch of various older (I assume?) Snap-On sockets, and a few other things..


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#1815604 - 04/30/15 03:42 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: nutso suave]
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Another little bit of an odd thing, all though probably not all that old going by the font on it... but a 1/2" union sorta thing.. work


Oh, and a bunch of small 1/4" sockets, no brand, but nice stuff anyways..


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#1815605 - 04/30/15 03:42 PM Re: Cool Tools from WWII [Re: Supercuda]
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To let the buyer know the products were not up to the companay's normal standards a "war finish" tag or stamping was used. It was also done to show the company was doing their part to support the war effort.

Those markings make for a neat addition to an old item.


Sad part is that "not up to company standard" stuff from WWII is probably better than 90% of today's junk.


I should have written that to say the item wasn't up to the company's pre-war appearance standards. It was not intended to mean it was an inferior quality product.

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