Thursday, March 3, 2011


Today it's one of my hand saws.
I love to find old vintage tools.  They're just better made then anything you can buy today.
And the wear and patina on these old tools just can't be beat.
This one is an old cross cut saw as the blades go to the left and right
This one is made by Disston & Sons out of Philadelphia Pa.   Without a lot of knowledge on this company and old saws, it looks like this one is from 1896-1917.
If anyone has knowledge on this saw please email me!   I actually "found" it again, as it was hanging in my garage and I needed a saw and pulled it down.  It still cuts amazingly.  Slices through oak without any effort.   If you see old hand tools, pick them up, as they'll just rust away and be lost for ever... Old tools are Vintage Gear for Guys!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Today it's an old Zepco 33 Spinner I picked up to go fishing this summer.
Needs a good cleaning and I'll probably repaint it and polish it up.
All Metal reel, with even brass on it... No plastic.
The Zepco 33 is one of the easiest reels to use and I thought my son would enjoy using it.
Today's model of this same reel are all plastic for the most part.  Which is fine, if you're into that sort of thing.
I've seen these old ones with black or white handles.
Still made in the USA... 
What they look like with the cover off.
Now I just have to figure out how to take this thing apart, and then put it back together...  Old fishing reels are a cool addition to your Vintage Gear for Guys!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Today it's something I've been searching for quite a while.
Before electricity was widely available most home shops had a hand powered grinder.
I got this one to sharpen drill bits and grind/polish small metal items.
I think this one is probably from the early 40's.  It clamps to the table.
Turn the wood handle and a series of gears make the replaceable grinding stone turn with pretty good speed.
I need to put it on the other side of the table, but my vice is there.  I wish the arm was on the other side.
If you like to do stuff in a small home shop, and you like the old-school style of tools, then one of these are a must in your shop.  It's Vintage Gear for Guys.

Monday, February 28, 2011


Today it's an old school item that every guy needs....
The humble Manual Pencil Sharpener.
Simple design that sharpens any size pencil, perfectly every time.
These are fairly common at thrift stores, but hard to find to purchase new, as most are electric.
This one is probably from the 80's and made by Boston.  I have a few of these as if I see them, I pick them up.  I love the sound and smell of a nicely sharpened pencil, although I hate the new plastic coated pencils they have now... I like the painted ones much better.
Every guy needs to use a pencil, so why not keep it sharp with the tool that was made for it... It's a green, clean sharpening machine....