During the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution enabled the mass-production of household tools. It was a way for everyone to be able to craft their own home and furnishings.
Hand tools are arranged in a number of categories simply because there are so many kinds of tools out there. There are striking tools such as hammers, axes and hatchets. Cutting tools include chisels and knives. Another category is planes, which continue to be produced in different sizes to achieve different results.
Hand tools began to be manufactured in the United States around 1843 when Frederick T. Stanley founded a hardware company that bore his name. In 1857, Henry Stanley, Frederick’s cousin, created the Stanley Rule and Level Company. They created hand drills, hammers and lines of wood and iron levels.
Many people resort back to vintage and antique tools despite the numerous choices of tools available today. Most antique tools are still perfectly functional and sought after by collectors because they make great conversation pieces as well.