alloy artifacts

toolan example of the specialty tools produced by Bog, a No. 328 piston ring groove cleaner

What do you do when you find the most interesting looking whatcha-ma-thingy at the Goodwill but have no idea what it’s actual name or purpose is?

Head over to Alloy Artifacts for their extensive guide to the who, what and why of almost every hand tool manufactured in the 20th century.  If your thing-a-magig has any writing on it at all you will most likely be able to find manufacturer, patent and name in the extensive listing.  Be prepared to take some time though, this is truly old-school with no search box or thumbnails.

Still, to find out what that whatcha-ma-callit does this is the place to go.

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