This used Checkered Pear Shader stamp set was made by Craftool Company prior to 1963. The tools are numbers 212, 213, 217 and 975. This Pear Shader stamp set is a great example of why many serious leather stampers prefer these vintage tools. The crispness and precision of this hand ground tool set is beautiful and it is a set you would be proud to own. The tools measure from 7/32" to 15/32" in length. There is some chrome chipped off and rust on these stamps, including on the tool faces. Number 213 also has a slightly mushroomed end (see photos). These old tools do not come available very often, so don't miss your chance to add a great tool set to your collection. It still has many miles left in it.
Craftool Company was the oldest and best known leather stamping tool manufacturer in the USA. Their tools were hand ground and hand finished for decades by trained craftsmen. The older tools made prior to the early 1960's were marked with only a number. For a while after the letter prefix was added, the stamps continued to be marked Craftool Co. Later on they began marking them Craftool Co. USA and then Craftool USA. The factories where these were once made no longer exists and thus these older Craftools have become highly collectible, not just because they are no longer made, but because they work. In fact, there is probably more leatherwork being done today with these old tools than any other brand available.
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