Saturday, August 5, 2017

Vanished tool makers: Guys (Handtools), London, England



Above, an Archimedes screwdriver stamped with the name of this firm.  Below, close-ups of their logo, showing a hand holding a screwdriver with the motto, "Worthy of Craftsmen."



There's not a lot of information about this firm online.  Someone suggests that they operated between 1952 and 1971, but that's just a guess.  They were located at 13-19 East Dulwich Road in London. Google Maps shows a large, 3-storey building there, now residential and commercial use, which may have been their head office.  Their principal products seems to have been block planes (with their name cast into them) and spiral and ratcheting screwdrivers.  It's not clear whether they were a manufacturer or a distributor.  In any event, the screwdriver I picked up has a bent spiral shaft.  I've picked up quite a few of these kinds of screwdrivers over the years, made in the U.S., Britain and England, and this is the first time I've ever found one with a bent shaft. There's no reason for this to happen with proper use of the tool so, unless someone tried to use it as a pry bar, it doesn't speak well to the quality of the company's products.

4 comments:

Unknown said...

I worked for guys handtools about 1968 the factory entrance was in gowlett road se22 just off east dulwich road...yes they did manufacture tools anything with their name on they made they also made all kinds of brass lamps for the home..i still have a pair of molgrips and a couple of ratchet screwdrivers that were made there to this day.

PMC said...

I came to this site today to see if Guys Handtools were still in business. On clearing the garage today I emptied a wooden box we've had for years. Underneath is written 44a The Gardens, Peckham Rye, London SE22.
Not sure, but I think this may have been the office address?
My husband worked in Sales for Guys Handtools & I have a ratchet screwdriver still in use since the early 60's. I remember the molgrips too, bound to have one somewhere.
I believe the various lamps/lighting were sold thro' outlets such as Woolworths & thro' Green Shield Stamps catalogues - there, that ages me!
Feb 2020.

Unknown said...

My husband just found one of their small ratchet screw drivers when tidying up his tool box. He's a joiner so its had plenty of use so much so all the original finish has worn off the handle. Still in perfect working order though.

Audley said...

I inherited a GUYS HANDTOOLS ratchet screwdriver PA300 from my very handy mother. It has had a lot of use and is still working. It has a clear yellow plastic handle with a screw top and the handle doubles as the holder for spare heads. I have two flat bits and three hole sinks. The diameter of the bits is approximately 5mm.