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MF Bit Braces


Working with Hands - James E. Price

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It is one of the rarest tools that can be affixed in the chuck of a brace.



Today I share a bitstock tool from my collection. Once affixed in a brace the user has a choice of six tools that can be deployed forward and used.

This photo shows the device with all tools in the cluster
locked back in the storage position.

Choices are a center bit, a quill bit, a turnscrew bit, a square reamer, a countersink bit, and a spoon bit. A patent is associated with this cluster of bitstock tools. It was issued to Alexander and John Clarke on March 18, 1890 and assigned Patent Number 423,513.

This device works well but apparently did not prosper on the market. I have seen only three of them in over 50 years.

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