Well D W's write up made me delve into the box and there down the bottom was one if not the one of my mark one eyeball spanners from 1960 when I was starting the apprenticeship. It's a King Dick made in UK and was among the better class of spanners. This one looks like it's never been flogged and you can just make out the sizes , I seem to remember BSF was always One size down from BSW and this one is stamped to that end. You can make out the marks where I have used a ringer to double up on the fulcrum leverage, you know, moments about a point? Remember it all? When you started out your tools were of a special interest to other apprentices and I always thought that was good of them to show an interest however the real reason soon manifest itself, swopsies. Knowing near enough the contents of your toolbox when your back was turned an identical King Dick to yours would appear in your toolbox only this one would have its jaws sprung or bear flogging marks. It might be several weeks before you clocked this and more weeks to locate in whose toolbox your spanner lay. When you fronted up the person concerned it was of course all denied and the charge hand would then be involved. Prove it went up the cry from the accused apprentice. In those early days I did not realise the importance of stamping your initials on all of your kit. Well the other apprentice would say to the charge hand, I can prove its mine. Show me then the charge hand would say and out came my undamaged King Dick from his toolbox and it turning it over he would state, there, I kept telling you it was mine and sure enough stamped quite clearly the words " MINE " there was loads of spanners in various toolboxes stamped. " MINE " throught the ship and in the workshops ashore. A number one lesson to be learnt here alright if you wanted to keep your tools. I still have loads of kit from the old days, boxes of die nuts taps one two and plug, some of this kit would be taken from the stores of a ship you were working on, taken ashore and maybe over the years only one out of a set used. All probably out of date now but as I am still doing marine engineering who knows? Hated the metric changeover, to us over here it was a case of the " foreigners " telling us what to do. Bit like the nowadays EU we have had forced on us. New spanners, drills, taps ,dies, clock gauges, verniers, inside and outside micrometers, flow gauges, reamers, feeler gauges, crank grind sizes and liners all mm (Mickey Mouse) it was known as. Years of struggling trying to convert it all back to imperial so we could comprehend it. Still refill fuel tanks etc in gallons, daren't risk getting the decimal point in the wrong place, problem is as time goes by the person who takes the order doesn't know pounds shillings and pence, feet and inches and a two minute tel call can last half an hour just to refill the fuel tanks.
Remembering The Good Old days, when Chiefs stood watches and all Torque settings were F.T.