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2017年6月18日 (日)

Workshop (3)

次回この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

As mentioned in Workshop I have recently moved and I am in the process of getting settled in. In Workshop (1) I gave the workshop a heart by restoring on old bicycle shop clock, and, in the previous installment, Workshop (2) I gave the workshop a torso by building a workbench.  In this installment, I will give the workshop extremities in the form of hand tools. Extremities? Yes, indeed extremities as hand tools are simply temporary body parts or extensions used to perform a task, turn a screw, hold a nut, cut threads, etc.  The User is the force and control behind the tool, thus the tool is simply an extension of the body.

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Old hand tools bear the same characteristics as old bicycles. They are simple, made to last, bear the manufacturer’s trademark and, in some cases, even have the manufacturer’s trademark designed-in. 

There were many tool manufacturers; however, some of the more well-known include the following as indicated in a 1953 export catalog.Img_7518

1.  Hataya
Established nearly a century ago the company still exists today, though they changed their focus and today only make a few bicycle tools.Img_7514

2. Hozan (HKC)
Established over a half century ago the company still exists today and manufactures a wide variety of bicycle tools.
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3.Ohtsuka (Key Brand)
Unable to trace this company.  One interesting fact of Ohtsuka brand was that the company trademark was a key, and, the company often designed-in their trademark.
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Old hand tools is a fascinating aspect of vintage bicycles and I look forward to posting more information on tools and their usage in the future.  I still have a chest of old tools to sort through, not to mention larger tools that wouldn't fit in the chest.  But all in good time.
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