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Forum topic by Mattyboy posted 07-27-2015 06:19 PM 1466 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2015 06:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: file divider caliper tome fateira footprint hindusthan hindustan

I found a few interesting things at a garage sale this weekend. First, a pair of dividers and an inside caliper. These were a little rusty and dirty, but cleaned up nicely with a citric acid bath and fine wire wheel in the drill (sorry, no “before” pics). The caliper has no maker name anywhere, but seems well made and is only missing the holding pin at top.

The divider is by “Footprint, of Sheffield, England”, who I’d never heard of but with a little searching I see they are a maker of many types of tools. I have no idea how old this divider is, but also looks very well made.

Second, I found an angle finding tool and a HUGE bastard file. This thing is a serious file. I think I’ll nickname it Mongo. Seventeen inches long, 13 inches of teeth, 1 3/8” wide and about 1/4” thick!

The file has a maker name that I’d never heard of, Hindusthan, from India. A quick search shows they still make files and many other tools under the name “JK Tools”. I should get a lot of use from this smoothing rough rasp cuts on shaped pieces.

Last, another file – a small 4” fine file by Tome Fateira of Portugal. I had just recently heard on Paul Sellers site that this is a good maker of reasonably priced files.

I’d be interested in knowing if any of you have experience with Footprint, Hindusthan and Tome Fateira tools.

-- Matt, Northern CA

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#1 posted 07-29-2015 06:00 PM

Matt, the only one I’m familiar with is Footprint and from my experience their quality can be somewhat hit and miss although I do have a couple of their red plastic handled chisels that have taken a lot of abuse over the years, mostly from my sons as they weren’t intiialy allowed to use dad’s good stuff, they came in second hand, one with a huge chip in the blade but sharpened up just fine.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 07-29-2015 11:51 PM

Thanks for the feedback, Glen. I wonder if Footprint, like many tool makers, had good quality products once upon a time and let it slip.

-- Matt, Northern CA

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#3 posted 07-30-2015 01:06 AM

Matt—I’ve seen Footprint hand planes before but I can’t judge the quality based on one brief look at a flea market. The other two manufacturers are unknown to me.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 07-30-2015 01:34 AM

Very nice.

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