It’s a funny thing that happens when a tool is left forgotten in a tool box for fifty or so years before it’s pulled back out again. Suddenly adjustable wrenches like these are not called a nasty old tool, but a vintage tool. We find the change itself interesting.
When you look at these adjustables, what do you see? The lower one says Speednut and is recognizable as a wrench but there are subtle differences that let us know this is not something new — the adjustment for one, the handle for another. I’ve never seen one like it, but I know exactly what is is and more or less how to use it. They are reminders that we haven’t got everything quite figured out yet but always strive to do better.
The funny part is, if they’re not broken you can do almost everything with these older models that a modern wrench off the shelf can do today. Somehow I’ve always found that a strange curiosity since something like a plow would baffle me no end. It doesn’t make sense in my world — these wrenches do and will most likely do the same for my kids one day.
Thanks to reader Whiteforge for the great photo and the moment we paused to consider these interesting finds.
Toolmonger Photo Pool [Flickr]