small tools held in great affection
my all-time favourite tool: little hammer, hatchet, screwdriver, nail puller, wire cutter, pliers and whatever that top bit is called that cuts the heads off nails. Sturdy, dates from before the 1950s, a novelty item perhaps, but surprisingly useful it has been. And it is so tiny.
Is there a name for tools that combine many functions? where something can be a hammer and an inch later a wirecutter? It is the opposite of that other attitude: the proper tool for every job. That is what Lee Valley is based on. No, this little handy dandy does not expect anyone to use it with great finesse, its function is to be helpful as one is muttering and banging around in the basement and hey presto! there it is, a tiny hammer to knock out a cottar pin wedged in the handle at the back of a clock, as happened this morning.
Humour me, I'm on my holidays and such things loom large.