Tooltique Ltd offers a completely different service to other used tool dealers in that we actually improve the performance of the hand tools we refurbish.
Whilst we could just clean and sell old tools like others dealers, that would be very easy for us but we know with the correct techniques and time invested into rejuvenating them this improves their performance significantly. The reasons we don’t is simple, every poor performing tool makes a difference to work standards and efficiency, it is also essential for these tools to work properly when people have aspirations to learn a new skill.
We do this by improving accuracy of parts and rectifying hidden defects that can effect smooth adjustment. Very rarely do we buy in vintage tools that can’t be improved with the correct engineering equipment that allow us to check aspects that good tools need for fine work.
We have a family heritage in the old tool industry starting back as far as 1977 trading in old craftsmen tools but things were very different then to what they are today. Back in the day those tools came from highly skilled craftsmen who looked after their tools but many of these tools fell into the hands of DIYers and those looking just for cheap tools. As a result we see more neglect and poor maintenance which often render these old tools as poor reflections of their former selves.
At Tooltique we wanted to address this to help those less familiar with tool restoration (not cleaning) and those professionals who rather spend their time doing what they are best at with better quality used tools. We can say without a shadow of doubt that every tool sold here has more time and expertise invested into every tool than any competitor in the industry. We are raising the bar for quality restoration which other used tool sellers (individual or business) has yet come close to matching and we will continue to strive to raise this bar further over a wider selection of tools as time goes by.
This is whilst at the same time we are trying to keep prices within reason to those sold without accurate restoration and those online sold without business expenses. It’s clear there is a demand for expert restoration of vintage tools but it’s dirty hard work and time consuming, even with the right equipment.
Comparing our prices to other vintage tool prices which do not have the same time and expertise invested is like comparing a block of wood to a piece of furniture.
Old tools are our passion, we rekindle their effectiveness, we increase their desirability but most of all we increase the pleasure the new user will have when creating something wonderful by using them.
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UK Postage: As you can appreciate there is a lot of work needed to bring these tools back to life as a result I do get quite dirty when working in the workshop. I do have to allocate a whole day to postage/packing as a different operation because of this, so we pack all orders every weekend and order the collection from Hermes for 1st thing Monday mornings. We have now started to also pack on more days during the week, so depending on what day you order it will vary the delivery time. please allow 3 – 5 working days for delivery for the UK.
Tracking numbers will be emailed to you as soon as the parcel has been dispatched.
Overseas postage: All orders are packed at weekends and sent out 1st thing Monday mornings (see notes above). Please allow 14-21 days for delivery, although this can be quicker depending on location.
We find the best postage to send on each parcel depending on country destination and will refund back any over-payment paid on the postage, if this is found to be not exactly what customer has paid, so rest assured we are working to help the customer, so you return and use us again.