For Collectors and History Buffs
Punches, Chisels and Striking Tools
In the early catalogs, starting with Catalog C, sets of Blue Point flat chisels, long tapered punches and special chisels are a huge part of Snap on’s offerings. In catalog C about 20% of the entire catalog concerns these. The A and B Catalogs have no offerings. These must have been sourced through an OEM company after 1926, but I have no idea who this might be. Also, coming out with a line so extensive in one year, surely these we sold under a different name before they appeared in the Snap on catalog C.
From 1926 to 1929 the same basic 8 pages appeared and then in 1931 are cut back to 4 pages (depression years). In 1932 they disappeared until 1935 when they reappeared as a 4 page offering, in 1936 – 6 pages and in 1939 the catalog format changed. In the new format Punches, Chisels and Striking tools go about the same coverage area, but in 2 large pages rather than the 4 small pages. They are offered today 70 years later in much the same form.
I do not have a collection of these tools, but Mike Hurkes does and offered to share these for the site and our education. These are form a “Supreme” drift punch set and are not date stamped, but based on the dates of some of the other sockets that were in with this set, they are likely from, 1939 – 1942.
Thank you Mike!!