A Brief History
On March 11, 2023, Americans celebrate another National Worship of Tools Day, a day in which professional craftsmen and do it yourselfers alike can glory in the inventions of their favorite tools.
So, what tool do you think is the greatest? The mighty hammer, that makes all things fit if you hit them hard enough? The saw, which can be designed to cut through virtually anything? The incredibly versatile pliers? The also incredibly versatile screwdriver?
Or would you nominate a more complex tool, such as the Swiss Army Knife, or the Leatherman multi-tool? Or would you take it a step further by nominating a power tool, such as the electric variable speed reversing drill, the circular saw, or the lathe?
It was long believed that the use of tools set humans apart from animals, but then we found even critters use a variety of tools, although not as complex as ours. Which tool is your favorite?
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For more information, please see…
Chinea, Dominic. Tools A Visual History: The Hardware that Built, Measured and Repaired the World. DK, 2022.
Davy, Phil. The Tool Book: A Tool Lover’s Guide to Over 200 Hand Tools. DK, 2018.
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