You can still find lovely old tools at yard sales, for pennies on the dollar. Many of these can be brought back to life with a little effort and elbow grease, and can repay the effort by introducing the user to the simple joys of working with hand tools.
For those with such interests, I've uploaded two short but excellent articles from Canadian Workshop, a magazine published in Marham, Ontario which started in 1977 but ceased publication in the 1980's. This seems to have been the decade that saw a change from rescuing and reusing such tools to simply buying cheap. Anyway, below are the links:
Working With Hand Tools (December 1984)
Restoring Old Tools (August 1984)