With that in mind, my older son has started getting Christmas gifts like a Craftsman socket set — and this year he found a tape measure, Channellock pliers, and a decent hammer under the tree.
Channellocks, with their distinctive blue grips, are an American classic. They were the brand favored by my father and other guys who worked with their hands when I was growing up. Like Maglites, and Leatherman tools, theyâ€™re still made in America, even though spitting these things out in China would be dirt cheap.
There were few things that drove my father crazy like people taking his tools and not putting them back where they found them.
Youâ€™d grab a pair of tin snips or a screwdriver to do something stupid — as twelve-year-old boys are apt to do — and leave them on the floor of the garage. Invariably, he would find it there and be very, very unhappy.
A man will end up with a collection of tools heâ€™s accumulated over a life of fixing things or attempting to fix things. Many of them will be used just once, highly specialized stuff bought for some obscure task.
As a responsible father, itâ€™s my job to get them started.