RUSTY, SHOP-WORN AND OBSOLETE TOOLS. CARVING TOOLS.
The following letter is printed in order to introduce a subject that is of interest to Tool users :
CINCINNATI, Oh., Jan. 13, 1897. CHAS. A. STRELINGER & CO.
Dear Sirs:-I have received the set of tools ordered from you last week. The railroad men must have left the box out in a wet place, or in a storm. Some of the packing was damp, and three of the paring chisels were badly rusted, but nothing else was injured. I take a good deal of pride in my tools, and those rusty chisels worry me. Tried to clean them with emery paper, but the rust had eaten in and I could'nt get it out. Every time I go to the chest those chisels stick out like a sore thumb. There are 217 tools in all, and with this exception every tool is as bright and fresh as a new pin, and they are the handsomest lot I have ever seen-not a shop-worn tool in the lot. Can I exchange these rusty chisels for others? Please let me know what you can do for me.
We had Mr. Bausch return the three chisels, and refinished them. There is no doubt but that he expressed the feelings of a great many mechanics when he referred to these three rusty tools sticking out like a "sore thumb."
RUSTY & SHOP-WORN TOOLS-There is considerable difference between a Misfortune and a Fault. If a man spills a lot of gravy on his Sunday go-to-meeting coat, or accidently leaves his steel square out on the grass over night ( unless it happens to be one of our "Rustless Finish" steel squares), it is his Misfortune. But if he were to buy a new coat with a big grease spot on it, or a steel square that was badly rusted, that would be his Fault.
It is a difficult matter to remove rust from a polished surface. In order to do it successfully, the rust must be ground out, just as a cancer must be cut out.
EVERY TOOL WE SEND OUT IS INSPECTED CAREFULLY, AND NO RUSTY TOOLS ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE OUR PLACE.
OBSOLETE TOOLS.-By this we mean tools that are out-of-date, and tools that do not contain the latest improvements. In the past ten years there have been many improvements made, and changes are constantly taking place-nearly all in the way of improvements. If we had the time and space, we might enumerate from goods in our stock hundreds of these changes, and many, though slight, are of considerable importance.
As an example or two, we might name the No. 45 Combination Plane ( Fig. 3055). The price ten years ago was 40 per cent more than it is at present, and yet the tool has been changed and improved in so many ways that it is worth fully twice as much as then. The little lever that provides for the lateral adjustment of cutters in the Baily Bench Planes costs but a few cents extra., yet it enhances the value of the tool by at least 25 per cent, and so on through all the lines of Planes, Braces, Squares, Boring Tools, Screw Drivers, etc., etc.
Now, as a matter of fact, a very large percentage of the tools carried in stock and sold by small dealers throughout the country, and many of the jobbers as well, are out-of-date tools-tools that have been carried in stock for years, and are lacking in these improvements. The tools we send out can always be depended upon as being of the latest design, the newest forms, and containing all recent improvements, and there is no reason for the reader of this catalogue to put up with "Out of Date" tools when he can have the latest and best at prices that are the same-or less.
WHY NOT ?
For fear that some of our readers might be tempted to ask the reasons why we do not send out rusty, shop-worn or obsolete tools, we will explain: First, all tools are inspected before being sent out (We know of no other dealers who have an inspector for this purpose). Second, being manufacturers of tools, we have facilities for refinishing such tools as may by accident be-come rusty. And third, as soon as new tools are brought out or improvements made in the older styles, we dispose of our stock of old style tools at reduced prices, in our own city, so that we do not have to send them out.
In our experience of nearly thirty years in handling Carving Tools, we have sold nearly all the leading brands, both the American and English. Included among these are the following: S. J. Addis, J. B. Addis, Ward & Payne, Henry Taylor, Buck Bros., Charles Buck, and D. R. Barton. It would be hard to say which is the best, if indeed there he any best. We have no doubt, however, that the leading English makes are superior to the American, and we believe that by far the larger number of Carving Tools sold in this country are imported.
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Occasionally we find a carver who declares a preference for one of the American brands, but such occasions are rare. The brand best known in this country is the S. J. Addis, with this trademark, and the writer, on a recent trip through LONDON Europe, found that this brand was the best and most favorably known throughout Germany, France and England, while in some of the upper European countries the Henry Taylor ( Acorn) brand was very popular.
The J. B. Addis brand is quite well known in this country, many carvers declaring them to be better than the S. J. Addis, but we see no reason why this should be so. As a matter of fact, both S. J. and J. B. Addis have been dead a long time,and for many years Ward & Payne, who are considered the leading concern in the manufacture of edge tools in England, have owned the title and trademark, and have made the tools that were sent out under the S. J. Addis brand, also making the Ward & Payne brand of Carving Tools, so that they are both identical. We do not remember the name of the makers of the J. B. Addis' tools, but the investigations we made failed to prove that this brand was considered as favorably in England as the other.
The variety in Carving Tools is so great that it would not pay us to carry two lines, and our stock at the present time is of the S. J. Addis brand.