And a BNT sledge hammer:
All of the other BNT tools I've found are stamped Sheffield. For example, a wood chisel:
A miniature hacksaw:
The parent firm was made up of an amalgamation of three storied British tool makers: Brades, Nash and Tyzack. Brades Forge dates back in the the late 18th century, making steel and edge tools. It was purchased by William Hunt and Sons, whose initials WHS in those harsh times were also rumoured to stand for "Work Hard or Starve." William Tyzack founded his Sheffield tool-making company in the mid-19th Century, also specializing in edge tools.
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As far as I know, they are the only British tool-making firm which operated a Canadian subsidiary making tools in this country. (As an aside, the daughter of the ex-patriate Brit who first ran the BNT Canada operation was the actress Jackie Burroughs, who went on to win three Geminis for her role as the eccentric school teacher Hetty King in the Canadian TV series the Road to Avonlea, which was based on the quintessentially Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables.)
BNT also offered an unusual Whitworth wrench:
Similar "Surpans" wrenches in metric sizes were also offered by "Peugeot Frères" (or "Peugeot Brothers" of French car fame):
"Surpans" is French ('sur pans") for "on sections" and refers to a "flank-drive" wrench which applies its driving force to the flats of a fastener rather than the corners. "Bte" is an abbreviation of "Brevetés", meaning "Patented". Apparently such wrenches were common at one time in the toolkits of French cars. It looks like BNT made some Whitworth wrenches to the design of this French patent. (In the U.S., the New Britain Machine Company originally patented such a design in the mid 1950's and offered it under the "Nut Master" name. Patented in 1964, Utica-Bonney Tools also offered "Loc-Rite" wrenches using the same principles. Below, from one of their catalogues:
Utica Loc-Rite wrenches and sockets work on a revolutionary principle that prevents leaks, fastener damage, distortion, or false torque readings. Instead of tightening by pressing inward, Loc-Rite wrenches exert pressure tangentially, from the sturdy hex flats around the shoulder of the fitting. Because a Loc-Rite wrench bears on hex flats instead of hex points, there is no damage to fasteners, no out- of-round condition developed even during high-torque wrenching of thin wall fasteners or soft metals. So there is no galling of threads, no undue thread friction, no false torque readings—and no leakage from incorrectly tightened fittings.! Another advantage of Loc-Rite tangential force is that you can use a Loc-Rite wrench to loosen and possibly re-use a fitting so badly damaged that conventional wrenches will no longer turn it! Even if the hex points have been crushed, a Loc-Rite wrench will work, since it snugs deep into hex flats.
I knew the owner of BNT Canada (operating out of Niagara St. offices in Toronto) very well and I have a fair number of BNT tools still in my possession; they continue to be used by me. Would be glad to chat further about BNT.
I'd love to hear from you! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Thank you for your informative post about power tools which are made in Sheffield . Especial thanks for that catalogs link."
First up you have the wrong Tyzack as it was the Joseph Tyzack. Also Spear & Jackson did operate in Canada with a manufacturing plant
I have a BNT chopping maul. Says BNT 3860 on it.
I have a tool marked BNT Canada. It is shaped like a hammer but the ens have 1/8" slots in either face. Interested in knowing what it was used for.
Hmmm. Don't know offhand. Send us a few photos. If we don't recognize it, we'll post the pics and see if some visitors can solve the puzzle for you.
Can't figure out how to post pics on here. Do you have an email address or FB?
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Sent pics to the email, hope you received them.
Thanks to whoever solved the mystery of my BNT tool. A scutching hammer, minus the combs.
Dont want to argue "unknown" but my BNT splitting maul has the numbers 3880 and 8 LB .I bought it in 1966 and have just put a new handle on it! It stil worked but was a bit ratty.It is European now with a French "leborgne" shaft !Both made of glass fibre.Wish I had £1 for every log it,s split !
I recently found a 6lb splitting maul marked BNT3860. It's in superb condition with the original red stained handle. Very light wear to the head.
Not sure how to add a photo here.
You can send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to see it!
Photos send Gerald!
Have an 8lb splitting maul that I'm restoring. Was my grandfayhers until he passed away.
I received a BNT 3880 splitting maul. Head is mushroomed... Unreal. Owner split 9 cord of wood per year for 20+ years. The handle is curved like an eel.
Where can I send pics?
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and I'll add them to the st. thanks!
Just cleaning up my grandfather's sledge. 1792 8 lbs.
BNT 1308, 6lb (or 8lb ?) pickaxe. Hadn't realized how old it is...
I found a 5.6 pound splitting axe with BNT canada stamped on the handle in red. Good shape! Anyone know what years this axe was being produced? Thanks.
I have many hand tools made by Sheffield anyone interested let me know whole sale (hammers chisel cut machinery parts and moe)
Where are you located? I'd like to know what you have if you're near me (Toronto).
I have a double bit axe made by BNT Canada. Was wondering what years they were made?
I bought a metal detector and I took it out to the old farm. With in 10 minutes I found the head of a sledge hammer. (BNT 1792 10 LBS
I am looking to buy a BNT axe if anyone is looking to sell
I have a pix head 1308-6
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