Friday, January 15, 2016

Vanished tool makers: Hunter Tools, Los Angeles, California

Above, a Hunter slot head screwdriver in my shop.

Beginning as early as the 1950's, Hunter Tools made a variety of small tools targeted at the home shop market.  Their primary product seems to have been a self-starting screwdriver based on a 1946 U.S. patent assigned to John Hagness:

This was eventually marketed as the "Magic Tip" but they also marketed the "Smitty" Allen key set and a magnetic pick-up tool rather awkwardly named the "Re-Chut" along with the equally poorly-named "Tork-It" screw driver. Their best offering seems to have been a neat little lever-operated bench micrometer.  Over the next two decades, according to their ads, they moved location a number of times while remaining in the greater Los Angeles area.  The company was acquired by K-D Tools in 1979.
Popular Mechanics, September 1952

Popular Mechanics, June 1953

Popular Mechanics, December 1953

Popular Mechanics, November 1954

Popular Mechanics, May 1961
Popular Science, November 1972


Unknown said...

I still use the M12S Hunter screw holder driver to insert set screws in old radio dials, some of which are recessed almost an inch on big dials.
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Albert Sheaha said...

I still use my set of sub miniature screwdrivers from Hunter Tools, circa 1970s. Ah, nostalgia....

Mister G said...

Great to hear! Love when these tools keep on being useful.