A sad post-note of HSB / Revonoc tools, I did not know
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Interesting how a hobby can lead to new associations I didn't have before.

I had once used a vintage HSB Rev-O-Noc plane and it was functionally as nice as any Stanley or Sargent.   I remembered that Revonoc was the backward spelling of Conover.   Cursory reading of the HSB tool histories online suggested a heyday around 1920-1940, something like that.

Just last night I was reading an article about boating.   I was then stunned to read about the famous 1958 loss of a Conover family and their boat, the "Revonoc, Jr.":
https://www.si.com/vault/1958/01/20/5704...ate-at-sea


On another tangent, last summer I was in New England for a relative's wedding.   There was a sea-worn guy who had once run yachts for a "rich guy out of Chicago".   Then he said the rich guy's last name was Wacker, and he came out of the family for which Lower Wacker Drive was named.


- Chris
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  Re: A sad post-note of HSB / Revonoc tools, I did not know by C. in Indy (Interesting how a ho...)
I have a #5 Revonoc. I'll pick it up before my #5 Stanley. I love the heavy, tapered blade in it.

Interesting article you posted
Steve





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  Re: A sad post-note of HSB / Revonoc tools, I did not know by C. in Indy (Interesting how a ho...)
Very tragic story of that family.

Another family company that I admire the products of is Vaughn and Bushnell  (V&B) of Chicago.  Their hand planes are very nice and are made of steel rather than cast iron.  I have not had one in my collection, but I remember forum member Slav (the file King of Chicago) had several to examine.  If anyone has a V&B to sell I would be interested.
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