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Old March 18, 2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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Junkstore score! Whoop!

I went wandering into a junk (not antiques) store this weekend looking for a hand bell for a joke & guess what I found?
A neat, period-looking wooden handled screwdriver with the perfect thin edged blade to fit 90% of the screws on my Rem New Army! Pretty much identical to the wild west single-action screwdriver sets you can buy but just the one I needed.
The price? 45 cents.

A bit of fine sandpaper, a dollop of linseed oil, a splash of stain, & a bit of cold blue on the blade & it looks like a slightly used current tool for the 1860's

Hey, sometimes its the little victories that make it worthwhile.
Oh & yes I found the hand bell too, but it cost a whole dollar!
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Old March 18, 2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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Extravagance! Sheer, unfettered extravagance!!!
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Old March 18, 2011, 08:18 PM   #3
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Good find.
Black powder shooters do also seem to be excellent scroungers don't we?
I think it comes from the same personalities that make us also like BP.


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Old March 18, 2011, 08:24 PM   #4
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I love old tools and that sounds like a very nice find to me.
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Old March 18, 2011, 09:05 PM   #5
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Good find. If that dealer knew what he had, he could have sold it on GunBroker for a lot more.
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Old March 19, 2011, 12:48 AM   #6
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Hey Wog

Wouldn't mind seeing a photo or two.
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Old March 19, 2011, 07:30 AM   #7
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I had a funny feeling someone might say that.
Here you go, after a little TLC, BLO, stain & blue
I didn't want the "New, store bought" look so I stopped short with the cleanup to leave a little character.
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Old March 19, 2011, 08:03 AM   #8
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It isn't old. You can still find them in the bargain bin at auto parts stores. If you put a lot of torque on it the handle will twist on the shaft.
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Old March 19, 2011, 11:03 AM   #9
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I never thought it was, I just thought it kind of looked the part more than a plastic-handled multi-tip interchangeable kit in a plastic box.
For 45c if the handle twists I'll fill the hole with steel-filled epoxy & call it good.
Sheesh, what a killjoy.
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Old March 19, 2011, 11:10 AM   #10
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I still have mine that I bought back in the 70's off the Mac Tool truck. Love them!
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Old March 19, 2011, 02:04 PM   #11
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Sheesh, what a killjoy
I just thought you'd like to know.
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Old March 19, 2011, 04:22 PM   #12
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Heck for 45c found as an incidental while shopping for a $1.00 hand bell for a joke on a friend's wife.
It's not exactly the end of the world I was half having fun with the thread anyway.
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Old March 19, 2011, 04:48 PM   #13
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I like it when I fine old tools like wenches and such. Always cool! Lately, I've been eyeballing Winchester flashlights on eBay. Never know!
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Old March 20, 2011, 09:13 PM   #14
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Not to digress, but I believe anything made in the good ole USA will eventually become a collector's item.
The screw driver does have class. I have one about like it, with years of patina (wear and tear) on it. My dad had it in His old gun-cleaning box.
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Old March 20, 2011, 09:39 PM   #15
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I still use my Dad's old screwdriver just like that one on my guns.
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Old March 20, 2011, 10:06 PM   #16
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Grace gunsmith's screwdriver, still available from Brownell's in sets. Probably pretty old, they've been around for years. Excellent quality, doubt that it will ever twist in the handle. Goatwhiskers
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Old March 21, 2011, 09:28 AM   #17
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I can't believe a simple fun thread on a 50 cent screwdriver got this agitated.
We must all have a real bad dose of cabin fever.
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Old March 21, 2011, 11:32 AM   #18
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I still use my Dad's old screwdriver just like that one on my guns.
Yeah, my Dad had a set like that, too. I always found them to not be very durable - as someone else said the shaft would spin in the grip.

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Old March 21, 2011, 11:41 AM   #19
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Nice find! Should match up nicely, IMO.


Oh, Britt, i like the wenches too.
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