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Blog entry by Tadd posted 08-11-2011 10:25 PM 2562 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently discovered that HANGZHOU GREAT STAR INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD of Hangzhou Zhejiang Province, China has registered the trademark for “Millers Falls.” I write about it in my blog at Patent Craftsman.

I ask you, why would HANGZHOU GREAT STAR INDUSTRIAL CO. want to use the old Millers Falls trademarks? Whatever your answer to this question, I urge you to be wary of buying new Millers Falls tools—these are not the same tools as those hardy and well-made products once produced in Millers Falls, Massachusetts.

-- Tadd, Denver,

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#1 posted 08-11-2011 10:32 PM

Thanks for the heads-up. There’s a MF #7 on Ebay right now that the guys are talking about on “handplanes of your dreams”. I wasn’t aware they still made tools, but I’m not an MF guy.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 08-11-2011 10:53 PM

“Modern” brand names have become almost completely counter-intuitive from a consumer’s POV.
For years, Chinese tool firms have used American city monikers such as “Omaha” or “Chicago”, presumably to conceal the fact that the product was Chinese junk. Now they are hijacking well-known brand names of defunct American manufacturers too? I wonder when Disston gets re-treaded into the Chinese product line?

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#3 posted 08-11-2011 11:54 PM

What a shame

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 08-12-2011 12:08 AM

You mean “Mirrwerr Fawrrs” ?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 08-12-2011 12:10 AM

maybe there’s a Miller Falls in China?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 08-12-2011 02:02 AM

hey Smity”rots of ruck”

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 08-12-2011 03:35 AM

I’ve got a few miller falls planes. As with Stanley’s, I like the older ones better. Miller Falls plane do not go back as far as Stanley’s, but there is still a difference. I’m sure the new stuff doesn’t cut it.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 08-12-2011 05:13 AM

good catch, keep the watch. The two that broke my heart were buck knives and craftsman tools.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#9 posted 08-14-2011 07:25 AM

I noticed that Cabals is selling some ammo I believe to be imported under the old Herters brand name. Oh well, the Japanese named a city Usa so they could say things were made in USA!! Do not tell me Snopes says this is not true. Snopes doesn’t know what they are talking about on this one! Business has certainly changed here in the 21st century. I always thought it was about service and quality, but is is really about deception and generating cash flow without providing anything of value to the customer.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 08-14-2011 01:48 PM

Until we start heading in a totally different direction than we are going in we’ll obviously be continuing down the same road we’re on until absolutely nothing is made in America. The only way wealth is created is if you mine it, manufacture it, or grow it. These three create all kinds of worthwhile jobs on the side that serve them. If we become just a service oriented country then we will all one day be poor inside the shores of the nation that our fathers conquered for us. Free Trade does not work and paying people not to work doesn’t work either. We use to make the best things in the world here. Maybe it’s time to take a different road and go in another direction.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 01-31-2017 02:11 AM

I figure this blog post is 5 years old, but someone might end up reading it like I just did.

After Ingersoll-Rand divested itself of its hand tools division around 1984, which was why they bought MF in the late 60s, they allowed it to be spun off into its own company with headquarters somewhere in NJ. That went under after a couple of years and Hangzhou bought the trademark. That’s why you see the proud MF name on chinese junk.

If I were asked, I’d want to see the name back here. But I doubt the USPTO will ever let me have it for free.

-- MFia-made man. But that doesn't mean I don't dig my 45. Minneapolis/St. Paul, burbs.

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