Hand Tools Archive

Re: Dating of double iron

David Weaver
I know almost nothing about the history of the double iron other than seeing that caruthers ad may times.

But if double irons caught on in England (who often found innovation by copying continental europe or bringing in europeans with skill to avoid being embarrassed by continental europe), I would imagine it wouldn't be more than a year or two before they'd be marketed in the US.

That's a curiosity to me, though - how fast something went from being found valuable to being widely marketed. I'd bet they were faster at it than we'd think.

They were also selling against an enormous supply of very large straight lumber in the US, though.

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