What was the FIRST tool you EVER bought and do you still have it?

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  1. squishware

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    I thought about this while grabbing the first tool I ever bought off my golf cart yesterday. Perhaps it speaks to personality. Mine is an Eswing Hammer. Posted pics below.
     
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    I still have the first tool my father bought me, a sheet metal worker's hammer. Back when I was 12 or so.
    The first tool I bought for myself... I'm guessing 14 maybe, is a Dremel to help with model building and a percussion cap pistol kit.
    It hangs on my current work bench :)
     
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    The first tool bought for me is long long gone.
    I was given a majority of my tools from all kinds of people. Traded, sold, given so many over the years. Church pays for some of the tools I have as I am the sexton for them.

    The very first tool i paid for was actually bought back in 2013-2014. A small Rigid impact drill and Rigid 2hp router.
    Just bought a 7 1/4" Rigid saw this year.

    My first bushcraft specific tool i paid for is my esee3. My first successful tool build that i recall is A different sort of bucksaw.
     
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    I remember buying one of those hammers with the screwdrivers in the handle at one of those "Santas Workshop" events at school, when I was in elementary school. I know my mom still has it in her toolbox, brass handle and unknown steel hammer.
     
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    I bought a 3 dollar 3/8" and 1/4" drive metric and sae ratchet and socket set from china.

    I might've been 12. It's long gone.
     
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    I have an old farm boss Stihl chainsaw that I bought when I was 19 and still use it 34 years later.
     
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    First tool I ever bought myself was a pocket knife. Not just any pocket knife, but a Queen Cutlery #22 Barlow. One-piece aluminum frame with stainless blades you could shave with (well...I wasn't shaving yet, as I recall). It's a unique lightweight design. Do I still have it? Maybe.....

    It was stolen some time after I moved to where I am now, about 30 years ago. I never saw another one like it in any store after that time. About five years ago, I found one in a local antique store. I can't prove it, and it's unlikely - but in my mind, my old knife has returned to me. I'm glad someone took pretty good care of it. ;)

    Third one down....

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    Yeah....you can find one or two on fleabay now from time to time.

    Pretty sure the next tool I bought was a spoke wrench for bicycles. I think it's around here somewhere.....
     
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    Yes, I do...


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    Bought it at a yard sale for ten cents when I was 7 years old.
    It’s a Wizard 1/2” x 9/16” boxed end offset wrench that worked on hundreds of bicycles.
     
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    first tools i bought would be wrench set s k wayne from 1/4- 1 1/2 inch, open end box, also 3/8'' drive rachets also s k wayne. bought together in 1966 when i bought my first car. i still have them and there as good as new.
     
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    Mine was a SK Wayne 3/8" socket set. It was stolen long ago. Replaced it with a larger set when they went out of business and gave it to my eldest grandson.
     
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    Not bought by myself, but THE very first woodworking tool I ever held in my hand. When I was very young, probably 3 or 4 years old, my Grandpap would put a piece of scrap wood in a vice and let me go to town with this spoke shave. Shortly before he passed in 1991, he wrote my name on a piece of masking tape on the back to make sure it came to me.

    Still use it often. And the writing is a bit faded, but still there!
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    Was probably a $4.99 socket set from Kmart, but can't say for sure. Long ago gone and replaced with a Craftsman set that is also long ago gone and replaced with another.
     
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    Boy Scout knife. Still have it.
     
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    Socket set, around 1984, age 14. My son, age 21, now has them.
     
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    The first tools I remember buying were hammers. A Craftsman claw hammer for Dad and a Stately tack hammer for Mom'said upholstery work. Passed to me when they died. Hang in my shop.
     
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    Set of Craftsman sockets and wrench. I still have them, along with a few more
     
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    I still have a handsaw my dad bought me when I was about 12... I think he was trying to get me interested in being a cabinet-maker... maybe I should have. Regardless, I still have it.

    Years later, when I was out on my own, I started buying tools. Since I knew not to buy junk, I still have almost literally every tool I've ever bought. In roughly the order acquired, these were a set of Craftsman screwdrivers from Sears, various pliers, a couple hammers I picked up at estate sales during that time period (early 90s), level, square, adjustable square, and a set of Std and Metric wrenches and sockets. After that came power tools... Mostly DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Milwaukee, and Delta, they included a drill, cordless drill, chop saw, table saw, drill press, skill saw (Porter Cable), saber saw, dremel tool, upright combo belt/disk sander, and air nailer. I sold the table saw and drill press before my recent move. Will replace when I have a house (vs rental).

    I've also picked up a bunch of my dad's tools over the years... once he retired, every time I visit, he fills my trunk... last big dump, a year or more ago, was bar clamps... about 20 of them, various sizes. He still has about 40 of them. I got a smaller batch last trip, about 2 dozen chisels. The cool thing there is that he brought some of those from Germany in '56 when he emigrated, and some of those were HIS dad's. I also have a bunch of planes, some that he actually made himself as part of his apprenticeship.

    Dad also gave me my first pocketknife when I was about 4... I had it at my parent's house until about 5 years ago, when it disappeared... sickens me... I loved that thing. Camillus/Ideal 2 blade (well, one blade, one screwdriver/bottle opener) with a mother-of-pearl handle.
     
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    S&K 3/8" SAE socket set. Bought it in 1965...
    Craftsman 3/8" metric socket set in 1966 when I bought my first MGA twin cam...
    Still have and use both. Wish I still had the twin cam...

    Regards,

    ezra
     
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    I got supplied with tools to some extent while growing up so it is hard to pin down...

    Might have been a Craftsman offset screwdriver that I used to replace the dashboard speakers on a 1976 Cutlass - more than once. Too much Led Zeppelin kept doing in the speakers, and may just possibly explaine some of my tinnitus. Still got the screwdriver; it's one of those tools you seldom use that is awfully useful when you need it.

    There is an estwing 16oz curved claw hammer with the leather handle that I've used a lot since about 1981... I just sanded and Tru-Oiled the handle a couple weeks ago.

    (Edited for spelling)
     
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    First tool I bought was a pocket knife when I was about 6. Don't have that anymore.
    My Dad gave me a P-38 can opener when I was about 8. I thought it was the coolest thing. I still carry it today.
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    New Britain 1/4" drive socket set.
    My son has it now .
    I have literally tons of tools roughly 50,K
    The danger of gaining more skills is accumulating more tools to go with it, that may or may not be useful in the future , but you don't know that .
    and you dare not bet against it because the time you do your kicking your self for doing it.
    I am probably the only person you know, that built a cherry picker on his tool box.
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    This is the earliest tool I bought for myself (in 1979 when I graduated HS) that I still have.
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    Why am I not surprised? ;)
     
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    First tool I bought myself was a True Temper rigging axe, long gone.
     
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    I was 5 or 6....gawd that's been almost 50 years ago now. and my Granddad gave me a 30" Buck saw. Yep, I still have it. Sadly the frame is warped badly but it is still usable.

    First I bought and paid for myself??? A splitting maul...$16.
    No idea what ever happened to it.
     
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    A Stanley screwdriver set, a Stanley lifetime warranty 1/2 inch socket set, standard and metric, some Stanley extensions and adapters, and Craftsman 1/2 and 3/8 ratchet that were bought all at once or in the same week. Yes, I still use and have them. The first tools I ever got were a philips and flathead red-handled Craftsman screwdrivers from my grandma at the age of 5 or 6. I still have and use those too. I doubt if I've bought more than 20 new tools or tool sets so this was a hard one for me.
     
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    Victorinox Champ when I was about 8 or 9. My dad was doing janitorial work in the evening after his day job and I went along to help. Got paid for my labor and ordered it from a catalog with my earnings.

    Still have it but it's a bit rough after 4+ decades of use. I've thought about sending it in for an official refurb but haven't convinced myself to let it out of my possession.
     
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    I have a chalk line my dad bought me when I was about 14. I used it to layout and frame my bed room in a house he was building then for us. Still have it,and a Yankee screwdriver he bought when I was much younger.
     
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    Yankee screwdriver brings back memories. The big ones, a couple feet long when extended. Cordless drills put an end to those, but it took a while for the batteries to get good enough.

    You could get some work done with a full size Yankee.
     
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    Hammer
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    I started out as a auto mechanic by trade and moved into metal work and later Heating and Air and I think you are the only person I know of with a "cherry picker" on their tool box. If you don't mind me asking, Why in the world did you make that addition?
     
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    A quarter-inch Western Auto electric drill motor. It bit the dust long ago.


    All of my original hand tools, and my first tool box, were gifted to me by my father. Still have many of the hand tools. The tool box got run over by some idiot - not me.
     
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    Six pound stone hammer and a 2" carbide chisel from trow and holden...
    24 years ago.

    Sadly they are not still in the gang box.

    Replaced many times over. Takes 6 or 7 years the pound those chisels down to knuckle busters.... but the blades last forever.
     
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    Case xx knife.:dblthumb:
     
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    Can't quite remember the first, but I still have several tools I bought from high school including an Estwing hammer, a Gerber Gator, an air compressor. For birthdays and Christmases, all I wanted was tools, still use the bench grinder (made some knives and a hatchet!) and bandsaw I got (the Dremel died a couple years ago). I probably had more tools than my dad by the time I graduated high school. Still using the welder I bought in college. Got a Granfors Bruks Forrest Axe in college, too;)

    Also bought a beautiful 1800's drawknife in college that never seemed to work right. Only realized 5 years ago or so that someone ground the back of the blade incorrectly, probably early on. I would have to take off a lot of metal to fix it, which I dont want to do, so it sits.
     
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    Western knife co. 854. 40 some years later still in my pocket most every day. the first hammer i bought was an Estwing framing hammer. The first 3 swings it hit the wrong nail. STRIKE 3, it became a U.F.O. sailing out into the bay.
     
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    My dad gave me one also and it rides on my key ring.
    This is a good site for dating them ect...
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