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Wrenches146 of 172Wrenches?  Does anyone know the age & use of these?J.H Williams giant sized open end wrench
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    Posted 8 years ago

    sunnynatur…
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    I found this old wrench with no markings. I have no idea what it was used for or age. Any guesses?

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    1. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 years ago
      Is it made of bronze?
    2. sunnynature22 sunnynature22, 8 years ago
      Hmm... Well, my chemist friend just put a magnet on it and it did not stick. So, it's not steel, iron or copper; it just might be bronze by process of elimination.
    3. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 years ago
      I wondered if it might be by the colour, if so that means it was meant for a hazardous environment.
      My first thought was gas barrel wrench, but doesn't look typical.
      Possibly early fuel truck, or oil & gas facility, somewhere that you wouldn't want a spark.
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 years ago
      I agree with walkssoftly. Called a multi tool for different size gas fittings and the screwdriver end to turn gas valve on and off. Possibly made by Vector. I have a couple of these for my cutting torches.
    5. Rustfarm Rustfarm, 8 years ago
      This is possibly made of beryllium , a non sparking metal used to make all sorts of tools used in hazardous locations. I have a putty knife made with a beryllium blade and have seen hammers , pipe wrenches and pry bars made with this metal . Some tools are marked "berylco".
    6. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 years ago
      It could be any one of the metals such as brass, bronze, copper-aluminum alloys (aluminum bronze), & as Rustfarm mentioned copper-beryllium alloys (beryllium bronze). All are used in non sparking tools.
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I'm just awestruck with ya'lls knowledge! I'm impressed.

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