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Osborne Hog Rings & Pliers

hog ring pliers

Curved Open Spring Hog Ring Pliers. Forged steel. Proper deep grooves. Jaws and handles are aligned. Curved vinyl handles with OPEN SPRING. Packed on a display cardboard. Handle style: slight bent.

hog ring pliers

Hog Ring Pliers Bent Open Spring. Forged steel. Proper deeph grooves. Jaws and handles are aligned. Bent vinyl handles with OPEN SPRING. Packed on a display cardboard. Upward 135 degree bent.

hog rings copper

Copper coated hog rings. 14 wire gauge. Packed and sold in boxes of 1,000 pcs. 20mm Sharp Point Rings.

hog rings osborne

Bright finish, low carbon steel, not galvanized, polished. 14 wire gauge. Size 3/4”. Approx 2,000 per box.

osborne hog rings

Bright finish, low carbon steel, not galvanized. 14 wire gauge. Polished 2” overall. Approximately 2,000 hog rings per box.

New Council Tool Velvicut Ax

new council tool velvicut hudson bay axe

The Hudson Bay pattern is believed to have originated in the Biscayan area of Northern Spain and was first used in North America as a trading piece along the fur trade routes. In this new Council Tool Velvicut Axe, we took a traditional Hudson Bay pattern and added some length to the poll to improve the tool’s balance. After it is drop forged, the axe head is rough ground in a state-of-the-art robotic work cell. Then the hand work begins: an experienced artisan sharpens the cutting edge using increasingly fine abrasives and then finally with leather stropping. Relative to other patterns, the Hudson Bay has a very short eye length. This reduces the contact area between the head and handle, which can lead to looseness. Using our new and innovative design, we pierce the eye with a special punch forming ribs horizontally and vertically inside the eye. This creates more contact area and bite between the head to handle joint. The result? A stronger and more durable tool. The 19-inch hickory handle (before assembly) is produced from a blank selected for grain orientation and density, making it strong. Our handle pattern features a prominent grip and a slim body that allows the handle to flex a bit, improving its ergonomics. A sharp axe is a safe axe as it is less likely to glance out of the cut. Be assured that this axe has been hand honed by our skilled craftsmen and is ready to use – but is shaped with enough thickness to split campfire wood. All components are made in the USA. Head will last a lifetime, we guarantee it. Forged from 5160 grade alloy steel. “Council” is displayed on one side of the head, and the other is proudly marked “USA”. Bit is heat treated and quenched approximately 1″ inch from the cutting edge, then tempered for maximum edge holding and toughness. Final hardness Rc 52-56. Handle is made of grade “A” American hickory and its traditional pattern embodies the heirloom quality of axes from times gone by. Forged axe head is hung in a traditional manner using a softwood wedge crossed with a steel wedge for added security. Axe head is coated with light oil to prevent rusting and to showcase the exceptional Council Tool craftsmanship. A Linseed oil coating is applied to protect the handle. Premium leather sheath protects the tool and user and features a buckle for fastening, a belt slit and an embossed logo. Like its companion axe, the sheath is made in the USA.

New Leather Working Tools

We are bulking up on our leather tools (thanks to Matt Taddy our resident leather expert). All you see here in this window display (and more) are now available. Most of this stuff comes from C.S. Osborne, a quirky US company that makes tools for various industries, from leather working to meat packing to upholstery. Most of the pertinent leather working tools can now be easily found in our leather working tools section. Some of these are hard to find items such as domestically made snaps, grommets and copper rivets. Others are the tools necessary to punch, set and cut your way through your current leather project.

Along with leather tools and fasteners we are also selling giant shoulders of leather. These shoulders come from Atchison Kansas, and are sent down to Mexico to be tanned. Averaging around 14 square feet, these are trimmed veg tan top grain sheets of leather, ranging from 4/5, 7/8 and 9/10 oz.

Ben’s Harbor Freight Poem

Ben, a customer of ours, stopped by the other day to read us a poem he had written. Enjoy!

We do not like no harbor freight
We do not like it after 8
We do not like it when we’re late
We do not like it in a bind
Especially not when work’s behind

We do not like it in a box
You’re better off just using rocks
Their tools just break right in your hand
Which doesn’t work, when there’s demand…
for jobs done well and done up right.
With harbor freight you’ll have a fight

I and my co-workers concur
Harry Epstein’s we prefer
Their tools are made to pass the test
Into the trash with all the rest
Kennedy boxes are bullet proof…
from basements to the top of roofs

At 8th and Central I declare
You will find the hardest ware
To make your labor bear its fruit
And one more thing I’ll add, to boot…
To keep your hunger pains away
Phoenix lunch across the way

Caption Contest Winner!

The winner of the caption contest is…drum roll please…. “jeremy v” from garagejournal! Congratulations Jeremy, your caption is going out to 500 unsuspecting Epstein’s customers. Check in next month for another chance to win.

Type 187 Cobalt Weldout Spotweld Bit

Type 187 Cobalt Weldout Spotweld bit

These mean little stubby spotweld bits can take care of all your automotive spot welds. Cobalt hardness. Spur point. US (Union made) in Minnesota. Comes in 8MM and 10MM.

Lugall Med. & Light Frame Cable Hoists

Lugall Medium and LIght frame cable hoists

Just in! Check out these medium and light duty frame cable hoists from Lugall. US made. Tough stuff.

Lonnie & Lilly

Picture courtesy of Lonnie AKA Snidely Whiplash AKA the man in the striped overalls.

Our Phones Are Working Again!

UPDATE: Our phones are fixed! Call us and let us know what’s been going on this last couple of days.

Our phone lines are currently not working today because apparently AT&T doesn’t really care whether we have working phone lines. :) If you are needing to get a hold of us please email us at: Hopefully everything will be back up and running tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience. We are currently wading through the purgatory-like abyss of dealing with telecommunications companies. So how has your day been?

HJE Caption Contest

Welcome to the first ever HJE Caption Contest. Here’s how you play. Look at the image above. Really look at it. Now close your eyes and think of a funny caption. Are your eyes closed? Probably not because you are still reading this. Once you have your favorite caption, enter it in the comments section with your name. Or, if you are shy and don’t want your name associated with your sense of humor, you can also use an ALIAS. We will read through all the submissions and pick a winner.

A glossy postcard will be printed and inserted in all HJE orders for a month with the winning caption (along with your name/ALIAS). That’s right. You could be famous. Your witty caption will go out to a whole bunch of slightly confused customers that don’t quite understand why they have received a postcard with their order. It will be fun! All it takes is a little brain power, a little luck and a little caption.

If you are wondering where this image came from, it was created by the hardest working man in the art business Charlie Mylie. You might remember Charlie as the guy that did a lot of the Epstein’s Day box art requests. Charlie doesn’t want to work for “the man” but he does like working for us, so we are glad to support him in his quest to be a professional artist. Charlie also has a website. Check it out, and contact him, if you want him to draw something for you sometime.