Hand Tools

Written by Charles Peacock
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Hand tools are as old as man, and some types have evolved surprisingly little over the millennia. Other types of tools have, of course, benefited greatly from new types of technology, specifically ergonomic and alloy technology. Let's take a look at how hand tools have developed, and how the ones currently available are the easiest and most efficient designs ever seen.

Hand Tools: Past and Present

According to what archaeologists have found, the very first hand tools were made of chipped stones that were probably used for cutting wood and meat. It wasn't until many thousands of years later that people began tying wooden handles onto their sharp stones, creating the first ergonomic designs. The next major advances in hand tools came during the metal ages, when people began forging hand tools out of bronze and later iron.

In the last two centuries, hand tools have undergone a major revolution in design. Sophisticated methods were developed for tightly incorporating wooden handles with metal ends, allowing for well-balanced, light tools that were easy to use. For several decades, however, tool development basically stalled.

It wasn't until the advent of plastics and metal alloys that hand tools took another leap forward. Nowadays it's possible to find a saw that is extremely durable and sturdy, and yet incredibly lightweight. Recent developments in ergonomics have also lead to lines of tools that are more comfortable to work with than anything man has ever seen. Currently, there are tools available for almost every outdoor care use. The more obscure and specialized tools, as well as the old stand-bys, can usually be found online.

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