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(t)rusty tools

I was working on our orchard site today burning the thorn branches which are left over in heaps from the hedge laying process. As an "accelerant" for the fires I have a 5 gallon jerrycan containing red diesel. The fuel was from a friendly trade with the neighbouring farmer. I know I've had this jerrycan for many  years where it was used to carry standby fuel for the many vehicles we've possessed, but the real shocker was when I noticed the date of manufacture on the can. It was 1958 for the MOD.
Does anyone else have an old favourite tool?
The other is a serrated edge Kitchen Devil vegetable knife which I purchased over 40 years ago and it is still in daily use.
Now Zen, but a +Net residue.
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Favourite must be this parsnip/spud masher
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Although I hardly use it nowadays, I have a Moore & Wright 1 inch micrometer (the one with the cutaway frame and vernier scale) that I bought as an apprentice toolmaker when I was seventeen, fifty-one years ago. Like this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MOORE-WRIGHT-IMPERIAL-MICROMETER-0-1-No-961-BOXED-/231171336934?pt=UK_Meas... Was very proud of that at the time. Cost an arm and a leg at that time.
We used to make all our own hand tools: screwdrivers, centre punches, pin-punches and cold chisels etc. We needed a very long reach 1/4inch flat screwdriver for a specific job <around 18inches long> that I made and still have.  
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I have a couple of old wooden spirit levels that was my grandfathers, which I use
Don't know how old they are
I still have the flat head screwdriver I made in metalwork in school 1982, which I still use
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I am using a 1905   Ward & Goldstone Digital  text sender !........ http://nemosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/ward-goldstone-digital-text-sender-in.html
I also use a 1936 Baumuster T1 German Luftwaffe key ...... http://nemosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/
and also a 1940 Admiralty Pattern 7681.........http://nemosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/admiralty-pattern-7681-morse-key.html
I do have a slightly more modern one, ( about 1970`s ?  ) that I use in my car..... http://nemosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/cwcom-mobile-operation.html
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I have an old lead dresser used in my plumbing days.
I inherited it from the old plumber I used to work with and he, in turn had inherited it from his master during his apprentice days.
No idea how old it is or what wood it's made from and it has a few dints in it but it still does it's job.
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Quote from: AlaricAdair
Does anyone else have an old favourite tool?

I have plenty of favourite / trusty / reliable tools but none of them are old!  Crazy
The only one that might qualify is my ratchet screwdriver. Had it for over 20 years but last summer it partially gave up the ghost. It still works but just not on anything thats too tight: Doesn't help that I trod on the round metal barrel that covers all the parts while I was looking for a bit that sprung out  Roll eyes I'll have to dismantle it again when I next see it and see if I can breathe new life into it.
Oh and my hammer.. only 10 or so years old but what a marvellous invention of man kind! If at first it won't do nowt, grab the hammer and bash it about!  Cheesy
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I have some power tools that are over 20 years old and still work well.
Strangely when I was younger my dad's tools that were probably a lot younger than mine are now seemed ancient - more than 15 years seemed like a lifetime. Now 20 years just doesn't seem to be that long.
Is that because I am older or because we started a new century stating at 00 again Wink

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Now 20 years just doesn't seem to be that long.

Er yeah I know that feeling very well lol  Wink
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