heirloom hand tools
Photo: Nigel Cox


These are masterpieces of the toolmaker's art, patiently crafted from rare woods, gleaming bronze, and thick steel. Sure, they're meant to be used, but we think they're equally satisfying just to look at.

Tools of this caliber don't come cheap—you won't walk into a hardware store to find this bubinga-handled dovetail saw on the next aisle over from the putty knives—but we're talking about legacy here. This lace she-oak mortise-cutting gauge will be cherised by your children—even if they don't know how to use it.

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