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Hand Tools

Development Of Modern Tools

Some hand tools have gone out of style or are used only rarely, but not all. The cobbler used to make shoes by hand, but now people buy mass produced shoes and only take them to a repair shop to be worked on by hand. However, a sewing needle has not changed in centuries, and is still a common household object. Even though people now have access to big sewing machines, it is still easier to fix a button or darn a small tear with a plain needle. During colonial times only the metal parts of an implement would be sold to a user, who would then make his own handle out of wood to fit in his hand perfectly. Many things made with metal nowadays, like nails and shovels, were fashioned from wood instead. This is why older buildings and tools have aged well, without problems like rusting or damage to adjacent materials.

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