That is awesome. I love old hand tools.
That's luck not cheapness.
I don't think you are cheap but rather you are appreciative/respectful of the craftsman who originally made the hammer.
recycle re-use re-scue...
Name it Lazarus.
Cast iron pipe is pretty brittle, you can break it with a pretty small hammer. How does a solid cast iron hammer work out? Must be okay, given the age..
that was mine.
i used that when i worked on the railroad out there.
plz send it back.
old stuff like that with a life is really cool.
i smashed my thumb with that thing 9 times before i threw it into the woods...it was defective
"Cheap" doesn't explain your taste in cutlery. While not expensive, that Navaja isn't "cheap".
Tools are what seperate us from animals. A good handmade tool is a good reminder that there is hope for humanity. Swing it in good health.
theres just enough room to stamp 'wear saftey goggles' in the side of it...........:-)
You are not cheap, just frugal and thoughtful about stuff. IMO, cheap is for people who ultimately impose a tax on the rest of us, frugal is for folks that add to the overall ledger by not wasting good stuff.
I love stuff like this, but I'm the guy who is always stopping on the road or trail to pick up "trail booty". Nothing that I ever really need, but it just seems like bad karma to leave something useful unused.
I have a big pair of channel locks that I keep in the tool box on my tractor, and every time that I use them and see the chunks of rubber missing on the handles I'm reminded of prying them out of the ice on a snowmobile trail in Pawtuckaway State Park while snowshoeing in to do some winter bouldering. I have a large, rust encrusted screwdriver that I use to pop weeds in the garden that was found on the side of the road in Western Colorado when riding from Steamboat Springs to Salt Lake City. Useful tools that bring back good memories when used.
Heck when you figure the time it took you to find, clean and get a handle on that ageless wonder you will probably spend more than you would going to WalMart.
The only downside I can think of is, assuming your mind works anything like (possibly a dangerous assumption on my part), whenever you use it your mind may go wandering to thoughts about the worker who left it where you found it.
Here is how it worked:
You had two cast iron pipes with big "hubs" or "flanges" (these still exist on site, or until the recyclers find them) they were relieved on the inside of the hubs, which was then packed with Oakum - basically, hemp rope mixed with cresote or tar - then, you put the two flanges together and in a relieved slot around the rim you then poured molten lead, which cooled quickly.
You packed the lead into the space with your lead packing hammer, and trimmed the excess off with a special chisel and snips.
I'm in process of tracking down the ranch of a branding iron I found last year too......OLD.
My wife won't take me to the dump - I always come back with more then I took.
I can't understand why people throw so much away?
I sure wish I could have rehabbed the fencing pliers I found at the bottom of an old range line post hole.
Anybody else got some nice rehabbed finds?
Could be a cool Wiki.
- Some funny responses you guys.
Busted on the knife fetish.
Edoz: when I quit I'll make you a Van Price.
GSmith = Right On.
Better than the fuggin History Channel. I love it.