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Offline OilyRascal

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J.H. Williams "Hornet" hand tools
« on: March 08, 2012, 07:12:36 PM »
I wanted to post a picture of this Hornet ratchet for conversation.  I don't see anything special about it and the finish is in very rough shape, but I find it interesting there isn't a lot of information out there on "Hornet".

The most I could find was information suggesting it was either Williams made and marketed or Williams marketed - that was based on pictures of a Hornet set that was clearly marked Williams on the packaging.

I want to learn more and I will, I just wanted to share it as it doesn't seem to be common with a lot known.
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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012, 07:33:16 PM »

There were, among other things, an aircraft, an automobile model, and a motorcycle named Hornet...

Perhaps an aftermarket tool set?

Not something I have seen before, in any case, interesting...

Personal ratchet of the Green Hornet?
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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2012, 08:54:36 PM »

There were, among other things, an aircraft, an automobile model, and a motorcycle named Hornet...

Not to mention about 10,000 high school ball clubs heeheh
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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2012, 04:37:55 AM »
did you get stung when you purchased it .bee careful, you may catch hives from using it  bob w.
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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 05:23:46 AM »
Please don't start with the puns over here. LOL
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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 06:27:36 AM »
I always have a pun with my morning coffee.

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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2012, 07:42:05 AM »
I presume you've seen these examples, Oily?




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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2012, 07:47:46 AM »
I presume you've seen these examples, Oily?

Yes, Sir!
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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2012, 09:22:01 AM »
There were, among other things, an aircraft, an automobile model, and a motorcycle named Hornet...

My college football team was the Hornets.

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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2012, 09:47:56 AM »
Somewhere in my mess I have a bunch of 3/8" drive Hornet sockets I found at an estate sale. They looked like nicely made sockets.

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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2012, 06:12:01 AM »
let's see - "Hornet"

1) presumably made by Williams
2) little documentation on the Internet about the tool line
3) nobody standing up to say "I collect them"
4) tendency to find a few here and there in my travels
5) my family apparently had some as I'm finding them in the shop
6) no significant history of sales on Ebay or other online auction sites

Seems like its time to lose focus again and start another collection.

Somewhere in my mess I have a bunch of 3/8" drive Hornet sockets I found at an estate sale. They looked like nicely made sockets.

Ken - please let me know should you be interested in ridding those 3/8" drive sockets you have.
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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2012, 06:44:44 AM »
I will lok thru my stuff and let you know.

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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2012, 08:06:51 AM »
Seems like its time to lose focus again and start another collection.

Not losing focus.  Something additional to focus on -- so you have (one) More focus!

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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2012, 08:33:18 AM »
When I buzz through the flea market this Saturday, I'll see if can find anything marked Hornet for you!

It's the first one of the season,  and the vendors are usually busy as a bee trying to bring out all their goodies.

(sorry Eric, couldn't resist another one)
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Re: Hornet 3/8" Drive Ratchet
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2012, 10:34:07 AM »
Don't let them sting you with the price acting like hornet is all the buzz.
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