Category Archives: Sten

Coverage of how to legally build a semi-automatic Sten MK2, Mk3 and Mk5.

Brownells Has All Kinds of Metal Finishes And Surface Preparation Supplies

Folks, if you are looking for supplies to finish your firearm, Brownells is a great source. I’ve done business with them for years and they have provided me great technical support as well as customer service. If you are considering a spray on finish like Alumahyde (their own product), Cerakote, Duracoat, or Gunkote plus other finishes like cold bluing, hot bluing, color case hardening or parkerizingBrownells has a ton of options for you.

Both of these rifles were finished using Duracoat’s spray on finish. You really needed to blast the surface, make sure it was very clean and then allow the finish to cure for a week for it to be durable.
Baking on Molyresin over manganese park. That’s a M92 with a long barrel in the front and a M72B1 in the rear from back in the days when I had free time ๐Ÿ™‚

These days, I do a base surface preparation of manganese parkerization and then Norell’s Molyresin on top. The park creates an ideal surface for any sprayed on finish like Alumahyde, GunKote or Molyresin to stick.

The following are some great examples of products they carry:


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Tips on Finding Decent Gunsmithing Tools on eBay

One of the challenges when starting out working on guns is building your tool collection.  It’s hard to find cost effective tools so you wind up making do with stuff, creating tools ad hoc, etc.  Interestingly enough, this is where eBay just might help.  While I’m not happy with their anti-gun position, there are a lot of tools that pop up there – ranging from low-end Chinese stuff all the way to some beautiful vintage tools.

So, I want to show some example searches with 20 live feeds from each section:

Gunsmith and Gunsmithing Tools

The trick is in the searching.  For example, here are the top 20 matches for gunsmith tools or gunsmithing tools and you will probably see a mix:

Real Avid Smart Bench Block Non-Slip and Marring Universal Gunsmith Tools

$9.50
End Date: Friday Jul-17-2020 19:48:53 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.50
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Wheeler Fine Gunsmith Tools SAE/Metric/Hex/Torx P-Handle Driver Set - 1081957

$52.82
End Date: Saturday Jul-11-2020 12:10:52 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $52.82
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

LOT of Vintage Gunsmith Tools & Gunstock Engraving Checkering tools

$39.99
End Date: Tuesday Aug-4-2020 7:42:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Universal Firearm Durable Bench Block Gunsmith Handgun Gunsmithing Tools Pistols

$22.99
End Date: Saturday Jul-11-2020 2:14:45 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $22.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Wheeler Fine Gunsmith Tools SAE/Metric/Hex/Torx P-Handle Driver Set - 1081957

$30.00
End Date: Tuesday Aug-4-2020 19:12:10 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $30.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Real Avid Smart Bench Block Universal Non-Slip&Marring Gunsmith Tools Accessory

$9.20
End Date: Tuesday Jul-14-2020 23:30:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.20
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Gunsmithing Tools Gunsmith Hammer & Brass Punch Gun Smithing Tool Set Kit

$31.37
End Date: Monday Jul-6-2020 23:12:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $31.37
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Gunsmithing Tools Gunsmith Hammer & Brass Punch Gun Smithing Tool Set Kit

$30.46
End Date: Saturday Aug-1-2020 13:48:24 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $30.46
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Gunsmithing Tools Gunsmith Hammer & Brass Punch Gun Smithing Tool Set Kit

$27.10
End Date: Thursday Jul-30-2020 17:33:10 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $27.10
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Gunsmithing Tools Kit Firearm Screw Kit Gun Repair FIx Set Scopes 277 P Gunsmith

$56.81
End Date: Friday Jul-17-2020 11:54:09 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $56.81
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Real Avid Universal Smart Bench Block Non-Slip and Non-Marring Gunsmith Tools

$9.55
End Date: Sunday Aug-2-2020 3:46:14 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.55
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Gunsmithing Tools Gunsmith Hammer & Brass Punch Gun Smithing Tool Set Kit

$28.22
End Date: Tuesday Jul-28-2020 0:54:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $28.22
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

GUNSMITH TOOLS * BARREL REMOVAL * BROWNELLS * ACTION WRENCH * BASE

$39.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 8:47:47 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Gunsmith Gunsmithing Tools Firearm Screw Kit Hunting Gun Repair Fix Set Master

$59.99
End Date: Sunday Jul-26-2020 6:53:11 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $59.99
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GUNSMITH TOOLS * BROWNELLS * POWER SERIES II STONING FIXTURE

$159.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 9:14:08 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Real Avid Smart Bench Block Non-Slip and Marring Universal Gunsmith Tools in USA

$9.22
End Date: Monday Aug-3-2020 20:15:24 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.22
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Real Avid+Wheeler Universal Bench Block Non-Marring Gunsmith Tools Kit Accessory

$21.79
End Date: Saturday Aug-1-2020 3:32:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.79
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Wheeler Fine Gunsmith Tools SAE/Metric/Hex/Torx P-Handle Driver Set: 1081957

$63.66
End Date: Tuesday Jul-7-2020 12:49:44 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $63.66
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Brass Muzzle Lap 5/16" Gunsmith Tools - Rifle Lap - Pistol Lap - Lapping Crown

$7.90
End Date: Saturday Jul-18-2020 12:49:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $7.90
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Of course there are brands I will steer away from such as NCStar and others that I will look closer at such as Brownells, Lyman, Tipton, Weaver, etc.  I also read the ratings of the seller.  If a seller has a good rating and more than 30 sales, that’s a good sign.  Less than that and you are taking a gamble.

Vintage Gunsmith Tools

“Vintage” seems to be a popular term for “used”.  You tend to find a lot of unique stuff that was made by a gunsmith to fit a special need as well as high-quality tools that were made with care vs. mass produced.  Be careful though.  I’ll zoom into the photos as much as I can plus look at the seller’s description and the rating of the seller to try and decide if the tools are in good shape or beat to death.

LOT of Vintage Gunsmith Tools & Gunstock Engraving Checkering tools

$39.99
End Date: Tuesday Aug-4-2020 7:42:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vtg LOT OF 20 + Engraving Gunsmithing GUN SMITHING TOOLS & parts hand books + +

$18.34 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jul-9-2020 9:25:21 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $28.34
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

DEM-BART GUNSMITH TOOLS, VINTAGE; (2-16 & F-1) IN ORIGINAL BOXES

$80.00
End Date: Friday Jul-24-2020 8:41:50 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $80.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

VTG Gunsmith tools take down barrel 12GA 16 GA wrench COLT S&W M&P lathe tools

$60.00
End Date: Thursday Jul-16-2020 14:04:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Gunsmithing Machinist Machine Tools, Reamers - Machine Shop Tooling

$80.75
End Date: Sunday Jul-19-2020 2:20:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $80.75
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Gunline Tools Checkering Set - Spec C-55 Series Gunsmith Stock Making

$125.00
End Date: Monday Jul-13-2020 15:22:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $125.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Type Gunsmith Hardwood Handle Screwdriver Gun Tool Hollow Ground Kit Set

$67.99
End Date: Monday Aug-3-2020 20:22:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $67.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

GUNSMITHS TOOLS BEAUTIFUL TURN SCREW SCREWDRIVER VINTAGE FROM ENG. EBONY HANDLE

$200.00
End Date: Thursday Jul-9-2020 16:25:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $200.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

GUNSMITHS TOOLS BEAUTIFUL TURN SCREW/ SCREWDRIVER VINTAGE FROM ENG. HARD WOOD

$165.00
End Date: Thursday Jul-9-2020 16:15:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $165.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Lot of TWO (2) Vintage EE & CO Gunsmithing Hammer Tools 3 oz

$34.99
End Date: Monday Jul-6-2020 12:54:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $34.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage NOS Marbleโ€™s No 226 Reamer No 228 For 223 223T Sights Gunsmith Tools

$20.00
End Date: Monday Jul-6-2020 14:32:57 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MISC. GUN PARTS and/or GUNSMITH TOOLS group of 27 plus BARGAIN

$29.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jul-7-2020 11:38:58 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

VINTAGE LOT OF GUNSMITH TOOLS

$48.00
End Date: Tuesday Jul-21-2020 8:34:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $48.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

ORIGINAL VINTAGE GUNSMITH TOOL LOT

$49.99
End Date: Thursday Jul-23-2020 14:40:13 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Brownell's Fixed Blade Gunsmith Screwdriver Master Set, Vintage Made in USA

$199.50
End Date: Monday Aug-3-2020 7:15:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $199.50
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MISC. GUN PARTS and/or GUNSMITH TOOLS group of 25 plus BARGAIN

$24.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jul-7-2020 11:35:04 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

MISC. GUN PARTS and/or GUNSMITH TOOLS group of 46 plus BARGAIN

$34.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jul-7-2020 11:45:12 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

MISC. GUN PARTS and/or GUNSMITH TOOLS group of 90 BARGAIN

$49.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jul-7-2020 11:29:21 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Hand held gunsmiths vise.

$32.95
End Date: Wednesday Jul-15-2020 11:05:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $32.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Mini Gunsmith Jewelers Craft Vise 2 1/8" Jaws 1" Clamp-On

$35.00
End Date: Tuesday Jul-7-2020 15:41:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Gunsmith Vise

$30.00
End Date: Wednesday Jul-29-2020 7:19:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $30.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage G. BOLEY VISE Small Miniature Watchmaker Jeweler Gunsmith TOOL # 4967

$149.99
End Date: Sunday Jul-26-2020 19:21:05 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $149.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Stanley Sweetheart Mini Gunsmith Jewelers Small Work Hold Vise 2โ€ Jaws

$75.99
End Date: Monday Jul-20-2020 16:29:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $75.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Gunsmith Vise

$35.00
End Date: Wednesday Jul-29-2020 7:19:41 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2 VTG WOOD CRANK HANDLE CLAMPS GY88 OPENING 10" DEPTH 1-5/8" OLD GUNSMITH TOOLS

$165.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-25-2020 10:16:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $165.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Gunsmith Maintenance Repair Tool Set in Wood Box Ex. Condition

$39.00
End Date: Friday Jul-10-2020 5:01:12 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Rolls Hand Vise, Jewelers Gunsmith Watchmakers Machinist, England

$24.95
End Date: Saturday Jul-11-2020 12:04:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $24.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Used Gunsmith Tools

“Used” is still a popular term and is worth checking also.  Bear in mind the cautions I gave under vintage.

LOT of Vintage Gunsmith Tools & Gunstock Engraving Checkering tools

$39.99
End Date: Tuesday Aug-4-2020 7:42:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vtg LOT OF 20 + Engraving Gunsmithing GUN SMITHING TOOLS & parts hand books + +

$18.34 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jul-9-2020 9:25:21 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $28.34
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

GUNSMITH TOOLS * BARREL REMOVAL * BROWNELLS * ACTION WRENCH * BASE

$39.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 8:47:47 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

GUNSMITH TOOLS * BARREL REMOVAL * WHEELER * ACTION WRENCH 2

$49.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 9:27:32 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

GUNSMITH TOOLS * BROWNELLS * POWER SERIES II STONING FIXTURE

$159.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 9:14:08 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Gunsmithing Machinist Machine Tools, Reamers - Machine Shop Tooling

$80.75
End Date: Sunday Jul-19-2020 2:20:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $80.75
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Gunline Tools Checkering Set - Spec C-55 Series Gunsmith Stock Making

$125.00
End Date: Monday Jul-13-2020 15:22:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $125.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Lot of Assorted Bits & Tools from Gunsmith Estate

$9.99
End Date: Wednesday Jul-8-2020 21:42:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

GUNSMITH TOOLS * BARREL REMOVAL * WHEELER * ACTION WRENCH 1

$49.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 9:25:02 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

GUNSMITH TOOLS * BROWNELLS * BOLT DISASSEMBLY * M1

$39.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 9:16:44 PDT
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VTG Gunsmith tools take down barrel 12GA 16 GA wrench COLT S&W M&P lathe tools

$60.00
End Date: Thursday Jul-16-2020 14:04:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

DEM-BART GUNSMITH TOOLS, VINTAGE; (2-16 & F-1) IN ORIGINAL BOXES

$80.00
End Date: Friday Jul-24-2020 8:41:50 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $80.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Lot of TWO (2) Vintage EE & CO Gunsmithing Hammer Tools 3 oz

$34.99
End Date: Monday Jul-6-2020 12:54:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $34.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

12 Ga. Gauge 3" Magnum Clymer Finisher Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$47.95 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 9:09:47 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1983 Brownell's Gun Accessories, Reloading, Gunsmithing Tool Catalog

$50.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-18-2020 10:25:44 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $50.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

gunsmith tools Brass drift pins with hammer

$36.09
End Date: Tuesday Jul-28-2020 7:45:50 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $36.09
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Williams Sight Pusher Removal Installation Gunsmith Tool

$32.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 9:11:37 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Clymer 250 Savage Finish Chamber Reamer Gunsmith Tool Barrel

$31.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jul-7-2020 8:42:42 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

vise lever action receiver tool gunsmith -rifle heavy duty bench mount

$70.00
End Date: Tuesday Aug-4-2020 10:26:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $70.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Tiny Ball Peen Hammer Gunsmith Jeweler Machinist Small

$14.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 20:36:03 PDT
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action wrench lever action receiver vise tool gunsmith general purpose

$110.00
End Date: Wednesday Jul-15-2020 18:01:25 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $110.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Starrett Machinist Clock Repair Maker Gunsmith Tools Small Pin Hand Vise C Size

$16.95
End Date: Tuesday Jul-14-2020 17:25:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $16.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Clymer 12 Gauge .730 Bore Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$79.99
End Date: Monday Aug-3-2020 19:07:09 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $79.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

12 piece Wood Checkering Tool Set Gun Smith Stock Pattern

$350.00
End Date: Wednesday Jul-29-2020 9:33:26 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $350.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

H&M Tool H.S.S. 6mm Remington Finisher Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$52.49
End Date: Tuesday Jul-14-2020 17:47:21 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $52.49
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H&M Tool H.S.S. 6mm Remington Rougher Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$64.99
End Date: Monday Aug-3-2020 12:57:40 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $64.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

GUNSMITH SUPPLIES 1955 Catalog Mittermeier NY Carving Tools Books Grips Furnaces

$58.00
End Date: Tuesday Jul-28-2020 11:38:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $58.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Clymer 6x47 Rougher Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$52.49
End Date: Monday Aug-3-2020 13:44:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $52.49
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Brownells Gunsmith Tools

Brownells has been around a long time — they were founded in 1939 and have always been known for their quality tools, parts and supplies to gunsmiths.  Because they have been around for so long, you tend to see a fair amount of Brownells stuff hit eBay by name so that is worth searching.  Still look at the photos closely and the seller’s rating to play it safe.  By the way, if you have never read their Gunsmith Kinks books – be sure to pick them up.

27 new Brownells gunsmith drill bits

$39.00
End Date: Tuesday Jul-28-2020 9:29:45 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vtg 1983 Brownells Gunsmith Catalog No 36 Gun Parts

$10.50
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 4:40:19 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.50
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BROWNELLS GUNSMITH 2 #31 & 2 #25 WIRE GAUGE DRILL BITS IN FACTORY SEALED PACKS.

$10.00
End Date: Thursday Jul-9-2020 18:00:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Brownells Gunsmith Repair Invoices(100 Pk)

$19.99
End Date: Wednesday Aug-5-2020 17:39:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique Tools

What is “antique” really is up to the seller.  You’ll see stuff that ranges from a few years to over 50 years old.

Antique Small Jewelers Or Gunsmith Vise With Anvil 1885 Patent

$25.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-25-2020 18:41:29 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Rare antique solid brass gunsmith amourer vise collectible fly tying woodcarving

$179.99
End Date: Wednesday Jul-15-2020 10:06:20 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $179.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique bench vise anvil watchmakers gunsmith machinist jeweler gunsmith tool V3

$44.99
End Date: Wednesday Jul-29-2020 6:24:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $44.99
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Antique bench vise anvil watchmakers gunsmith machinist jeweler Stanley tool V2

$44.99
End Date: Wednesday Jul-29-2020 10:44:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $44.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

ANTIQUE 2" GUNSMITH VISE

$75.00
End Date: Monday Jul-13-2020 15:25:48 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Rare Antique Fulton Machine & Vise Co Lowville NY Gunsmith Machinist Vise 6โ€ Jaw

$649.95
End Date: Friday Jul-17-2020 19:58:04 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $649.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique bench vise anvil watchmakers gunsmith machinist jeweler gunsmith tool V4

$37.99
End Date: Friday Jul-31-2020 11:06:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $37.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

ANTIQUE 1-3/8'' JAW ANVIL VISE CAST IRON JEWELER GUNSMITH JUNE 16, 1885

$34.95
End Date: Sunday Jul-12-2020 12:32:35 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $34.95
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Antique Vintage small bench vise Jeweler Blacksmith Gunsmith FREE FAST SHIPPING!

$39.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-10-2020 5:18:24 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $64.99
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage Antique Small 3" Vise Machinist Anvil Gunsmith Jeweler Clamp Bench

$42.00
End Date: Sunday Aug-2-2020 2:58:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $42.00
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Antique very small bench vise #26 Jeweler Blacksmith gunsmith clamp vintage tool

$44.99
End Date: Thursday Jul-16-2020 1:25:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $44.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

New Paint! Antique Jeweler's Gunsmith's Bench Vise Opens 2 1/2", 2 38" Jaws

$64.00
End Date: Thursday Jul-30-2020 5:33:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $64.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Vintage Antique MINIATURE MILWAUKEE ANVIL Bench PIPE VISE Gunsmith Jeweler

$24.95
End Date: Saturday Jul-18-2020 13:05:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $24.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique/Vintage Hand Vise 5 5/8 Jewelers Gunsmith Watchmaker Machinist Saw Clamp

$33.00
End Date: Wednesday Jul-22-2020 6:55:47 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $33.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

HAND VISE 5" LONG GUNSMITH MACHINIST JEWELER MADE IN U.S.A. vintage antique

$30.00
End Date: Saturday Jul-25-2020 12:51:13 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $30.00
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2 Antique Vintage 1.5โ€ table vise old Jewelers gunsmith hobby tool Marshall

$149.99
End Date: Friday Jul-31-2020 6:01:15 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $149.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Antique French Hand Held Vise Wrough Iron Clamp Jeweler Gunsmith Vice

$26.99
End Date: Friday Jul-24-2020 5:47:38 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $26.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

I hope this helps you out!  There is a ton of stuff out there if you experiment with the search terms some.


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How to Remove Old Cosmoline and Grease or Even Free Up Rusty Parts The Easy Way

We’ve all had parts come in with really dried out preservative on it such as grease or cosmoline.  I bought some 100 year old khukuri blades that were coated in dried out grease and realized this was a great time to take some photos.  There’s a way to get all this crud off very easily – most will practically wipe off!

I learned the following trick years ago after a friend was worried I would blow myself up using gas, brake cleaner, etc.  In hindsight I must admit it was risky but I rationalized it because I needed to get the parts clean – this is not only effective but also way safer.

Take a 5 gallon pail with a sealable lid on it.  In the photos you see a basic Ace Hardware plastic bucket with it’s lid that has a waterproof gasket.

I first learned about this years ago for firearms and it is a cleaner known as Ed’s Red and I’ve used it ever since.  The formula was developed and shared by a gentleman named “Ed Harris” and it works great for dissolving grease, cosmoline and even penetrating rusty parts.

The basic formula is:

  • 1 part Dexron III or better
  • 1 part deodorized kerosene
  • 1 part mineral spirits
  • 1 part acetone

I use it over and over, which is why I recommended the lid.  I’ve been using this bucket for probably 3-5 years now.  If it gets really gross or seems to stop working then I will change it but it’s fine so far.

So, I set the blades in the ATF and liberally coated the sides and let it sit.  I periodically would reverse the blades so they could be immersed.  If they were smaller parts, I’d drop them in there and let them sit for a few days.

What I wold so each time when I turned them was to rub the blades down and try and get the softened/dissolved grease off.  A lot of it would wipe right off with no scrubbing.

So here they are a couple of days later simply wiped down.  I left a thin film of ATF on them to reduce the odds of rust but all the old dried grease is gone.

When I am done, I put the lid back on and move the pail out of the way.  I do keep wet parts out of the cleaner as I don’t want to contaminate it with water but other than that, I’ve soaked all kinds of greasy, oily, rusty, dirty parts in this.  The crud settles to the bottom of the pail over time.  I’ve learned that if I stir it up there is a lot of debris.  If it gets too bad, it will be time for a new batch.

I mentioned it in passing but this is also great for penetrating rusty parts so you can take them apart.  I can’t begin to guess what all I have soaked in this bucket over the years but it sure includes gun parts, blades, rusty car parts, etc.  It’s a huge time saver and I hope it helps you out as well.

P.S.  If you want to read more on Ed’s formula, click here for his original article that is in the public domain.


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