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Offline john k

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Ace screwdrivers
« on: November 02, 2020, 11:47:08 AM »
ACE hardware screwdrivers been popping up lately.   Seem to be about 1950 vintage.  Got them to use as my Snap-On black handles are going away fast.
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Re: Ace screwdrivers
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2020, 08:41:55 PM »
Who was the manufacturer for those Ace drivers?
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Re: Ace screwdrivers
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2020, 05:05:21 PM »
Nice. Haven’t seen too many like that. Looks like some of the Fuller Screwdrivers I have.

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Re: Ace screwdrivers
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2021, 06:21:38 AM »
Okay, this is amazing. But the most important question can I buy such a setting somewhere? Auction House? eBay? Website? My husband was going on and on about how he had a set of Ace screwdrivers when he was young, he got them from his Pa and the whole story ensued. I would give almost anything to be able to get him a set of those now. Please, please let me know if it is doable.

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Re: Ace screwdrivers
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2021, 11:07:00 AM »
The "Flying Ace" logo was used in various forms from the 1930s to mid-1960s. They are very difficult to find in sets. As someone else mentioned, you almost always find them one at a time. I spent a lot of time researching these and was never able to pin down a precise dating for them, but the acetate handles indicate post-war. Probably mid-1950s to mid-1960s.
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Re: Ace screwdrivers
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2021, 09:04:21 PM »
Although they aren’t screwdrivers, I have a matched set of early Ace nutdrivers. If they are of interest to you send me a message. I would let them go for shipping cost.
Edit***Since I never heard back from the person posting upthread, the nutdrivers were sold on eBay 5/21.
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Re: Ace screwdrivers
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2023, 03:47:11 PM »
I am almost positive the Ace brand was the house brand for Ace Hardware stores. I worked in a local Ace Hardware in the late 1970's and all of the drivers shown in this thread are the same as those the store stocked and sold during those years. Likewise during those years True Value had a line of Master Mechanic and True Test tools as well.

I also suspect that during that time Western Forge probably made many drivers for many brands of which Ace probably was one, other likely brands would include Master Mechanic, SK, Craftsman and probably a good number of other brands as well!