I’ve been waiting for years for my elderly dad to go through and oil some of his tools. He was a Tool & Die maker for 30 years. For most of it he had a crew of 25 working for him. Today I just let dad talk, didn't interrupt. He talked about the way he remembered his tools, what was important about them... stories he remembered. I worked at his shop for a year or so. I’d been an industrial welder for Pullman Std building train cars, box, tankers, hoppers etc. I believe in ’80 the US steel industry died over the course of a few months (thanks jimmy carter for putting 40K other guys and I out of work just in Birmingham). I did a lot of welding at the shop. He had contracted to rebuild a long wall miner out of West Virginia. Yet dad invariably made sure I got a month or so on every machine in the shop, CNC, presses, milling machines etc. Most of dad’s tools were made by Brown & Sharpe during their post WW2 heyday. The company was around since 1833 and helped establish many industry standards used today, like AWG wire standards. They also made quite a few tools used in the US weapons industry since before WW1. He had cases (and more cases) of metal blocks and pieces with holes drilled in, radii cut in blocks etc.… All were built by my dad, finished to within 1/1000th of an inch and heat treated. These were all used to facilitate building Die’s. He had a very nice selection of purchased tools also. It was nice today to see and handle a few of these. Haven’t seen them in years, a nice walk down memory lane. I thought some of you might enjoy seeing a few of these old tools. These tools weren’t used for gunsmithing way back when but… doesn’t mean they couldn’t be. First up are Mic’s… For measuring any size up in 6 inches in diameter. The mic in the black foam/blue case is special. It can measure 100/10,000ths of an inch or measure 1/10th of 1/1000ths of an inch. My mind is a little slow today, maybe someone can check my math or put this in terms comparable to a human hair. This tool I used quite a bit years ago. It was for scribing a circle in a block of steel up to 24 inches in diameter, of course, within 1/1000th of an inch in accuracy. Actually, I could scribe 2 different circles at the same time. This caliper measures inside or outside thickness/diameter up to 24 inches, again a precision tool.