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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stanford Guitar, Sep 23, 2020.
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Can I switch my answer and pick two? It drives me crazy if either of these are missing from my pocket.
Pocket knife / Multi-tool
I spent the last year in a sh*thole basement apartment to finish saving for my first home. It came furnished with a hot plate, a microwave, and a toaster oven. No disposal in the sink, and a weird smell coming from the HVAC system that never went away. But the WORST part was the lack of a dishwasher.
Honorable mention to a washer/dryer set.
If it’s not a tool, what is it? I’ve had a knife in my pocket every day since I was eight. I use it every day. For all manner of jobs and shenanigans. Some people like to think of them as weapons. I’d say mine could definitely be used for that, but in almost forty years of carrying a knife I’ve never cut anybody but myself. And even that is exceedingly rare. I think the last time was in the 90’s...
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I don't think so. No. Just hammers.
My forever tool is a Vaughan 20 Oz. ripping hammer head on a hickory handle. A buddy gave it to me in the 80s after he broke the handle trying to make a hammer do a crow bar's work.
I love my tools, so this question was a tough one for me. After a lot of thought, I realized that none of my tools work well for me unless I start out the day with this one:
I have a sentimental hammer too. My mother was a badass, she started her own painting company after she divorced my Wall Street dad. She passed away 15 years ago, but I use her Estwing hammer virtually every day that I am working.
I cherish that hammer. Last week a friend was helping me tear off and replace our porch roof. He forgot his hammer, so we were sliding my mom's old hammer back and forth for half the morning before I realized that I have other hammers in the basement. What a dope, I completely forgot that other hammers even existed, let alone in my own workshop.
In the 50 years since you bought the right tool for swapping speakers in Fender combo's, how many speaker cones have you punched holes in on those durn speaker baffle studs?
I’ve gotten a couple of Estwings from my mother who was also a confirmed badass.
Plus the old Estwing hatchet that lives in my car in case I break down and need to build a lean to.
Got more of them I can’t find but the one on the left I bough new maybe 20 years ago.
I’ve actually worn out Estwing hammers to a point where the grip wore down and the claw lost the sharp edges that grab nails for pulling.
I always sharpen the ends of the claw so it triples as a cutting tool in a pinch.
Spent a couple months recently without a dishwasher. It cut down my playing time considerably.
Worth every penny.
These days, a Shovel.
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Knives probably are tools but I just consider it a knife. Probably, because like you I have carried one since I was about eight. Also like you I have never used it as a weapon.
It is what it is. And, what it is is inscrutable.
Cool. A sentimental hammer. They just seem to be one with you, don't they?
Lost my leather-handled Estwing: an already well-used gift from my brother-in-law when I was a kid. In the 80s I was helping a buddy demo some 1930s apartments and the hammer disappeared in a 12 yard dumpster filled with plaster. and lathe. I looked for it for about 5 minutes and realized anything beyond that was a waste of time.
Aside #1: We had too much plaster (too heavy) in the dumpster. We weren't thinking. Then, it rained. That plaster sucked up so much water that the truck couldn't hoist the dumpster up and onto the back. My buddy and I unloaded, by hand, half of that plaster onto the ground so the dumpster could be picked up. We loaded the remainder, by hand, into the next dumpster. More than one lesson was learned that week.
Aside #2: I don't use Estwings any more... they break wrists. Don't hit your wrist with that forged handle.
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