I found this package of utility knife blades in a thrift store. Apparently "Tradesman" was Beaver Lumber's store brand, made for them by some unknown (but hopefully Canadian) tool manufacturer. Somehow, I doubt I can depend on the Lifetime Warranty.
The brand was originally applied to "Axes and parts therefore; hammers, staplers; socket sets and sockets; wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, nutdrivers; saws and blades; planes, torches, soldering tools, glue guns; snips, knives; marking, measuring and levelling tools, namely tape measures, levels, squares, chalklines, marking gauges, stair gauges, bevels and plumb bobs; clamps and vises; tool pouches, aprons and work gloves; power tool parts; counter sinks; saws and blades; sandpaper; grinders." Given the size of the Beaver chain (see below), you'd think Canadians would be tripping over these old tools. However, it's the first example I've ever seen. A google search turns up only one person in New Brunswick selling some wood chisels with this brand. Where did they all go?
The original Beaver Lumber office and store in Wolseley, Saskatchewan is now a heritage building operated by the local museum. It was restored in 1980 to be as original as possible.
|Source: Canada's Historic Places|