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firebuild

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Hello! I just joined your forum. I run a vintage store, and recently came into possession of a very large lot of tools, of various types, ages and makers. I know very little about tools, but I'm having a blast researching them, and will probably keep some and sell others. As a complete novice I have many questions. There are some I truly can't figure out the purpose of, and if it's ok, I'll post photos of those eventually. But for now, I'll ask what may be a simple question.  These tools all belonged to the same guy, and he engraved his name on every one of them, usually on metal, but occasionally on a wooden handle. Does this inscription lessen the desirability and/or value of a tool? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
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Having an inscription typically doesn't hurt the value much, but it depends on the tool, its age and condition.
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And welcome to the group. We look forward to seeing what you have.
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Thanks for the response, very good to know!
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...And thanks for the welcome!
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Yikes....."I got a bunch of old tools", on this site, is tantamount to telling an alcoholic that "any minute now I'll break out the booze".

Pictures, please!
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Just a note about engraved names on planes, I sell them on eBay with some success by simply marketing the "provenance" of the tool.  Most of the vintage/antique tool stuff you typically see for sale is just that.  With some history you are able to give it some life, that it was actually held in the hands of a craftsman and used to make neat things.  Some people find that very cool so I market the item with that in mind.  Lots of resellers won't touch a marked up tool or a plane with a hang hole.  I find that it all boils down to who you are selling too.  Users don't usually care about marks, scars and tattoos so long as the tool is sound.
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And I am also waiting for the new person to break out the booze....er...tool pics [wink]

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I own many tools with owner's marks on them. Having them does not bother me much. I actually enjoy when I have more than one tool with the same owner's initials. It's as if I have helped put two old friends together who were once separated.
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I have some tools with initials and names on them i kind of like it. like others said it gives it a little more history but im more of a user. I don't put them in a case for show.
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Thanks for all the responses, and I will try to get some photos up tonight to give you "Tool Alkies" a fix!
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Funny how the quality of such markings can differ. I often wonder if its a window into gauging the skill of the tool's user.

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Poa that mark on that saw is similar to one my grandfather used to put on his tools.
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My grandfather pretty much just bought garbage so he could throw it away later.
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I guess there wasn't much of a fight to get his tools then Glen?
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I guess there wasn't much of a fight to get his tools then Glen?


There weren't any! I got a brown neck tie.
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