This used Oval Shader steel stamp has neither a maker's mark nor a number stamped on it. This stamp was likely made by McMillen. This Shader stamp is a great example of why many serious leather stampers prefer these vintage tools. The crispness and precision of this hand ground tool is beautiful and it is a tool you would be proud to own. This tool measures 5/16" in length and 1/4" in width. There is some corrosion on this stamp, including on the tool face. These old tools do not come available very often, so don't miss your chance to add a great tool 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. The factories where these were once made no longer exists and thus these older Craftools with no letter prefix 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. There were many other tool makers creating similar tools during this era and companies like McMillen, Baron, Basic, Hackbarth and RBS were just a few of them.
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