I went up to Spence's today to buy some more delicious corn, and while I was there I looked at the junk on the tables. I did not see very much. But I was dragging through one little plastic bin of crappy tools and I happened across one of them old time wooden handle screwdrivers. So I asked the woman, how much? Holding it up for her to see. She squinted, and said, Where's you get that from, as she walked over. So I pointed out the plastic container I'd found it in to her. Then she said, that'll be fifty cents.
I figured OK. 50 cents it's in my budget. All the while knowing that the Chinese had knocked off this style screwdriver a number of years ago now. This certainly could be one of those too. Every other tool in that box seemed of far eastern origin to me.
But I bought it anyways, because I kind of like this style. It was really messed up, and I was looking for a tool restoration project. Chinese, or not, it was coming home with me.
So there I was cleaning some of the paint I think it is that was all over it with some sandpaper. When lo, and behold the word GERMANY popped out at me. The Fatherland!
I still have a ways to go cleaning it up, but I figured I'd take a picture of it now half in the rough still. You can see the gunk coming off the screwdriver loaded up in the sandpaper I'm using. Lovely color, isn't it?