Condition Chart

The FINE TOOL JOURNAL
CONDITION CLASSIFICATION CHART FOR ANTIQUE HAND TOOLS
Revised Edition Copyright © 1991

CATEGORY USEABLE FINISH WEAR REPAIR SURFACE MISC.
New Totally Metal: 100%
Wood: as manufactured
None None Metal: no rust
Wood: surface smooth, edges sharp
"+" indicates original package or box
Fine Totally Metal: 90-100% Wood: 80% original or old finish Minimal None Metal: trace of rust, some dark patina o.k.
Wood: surface smooth, edges slightly rounded
Makers marks, if present, clear and easily legible
Good+ Yes--may need tuning Metal: 75-90%  Wood: Well patinated appearance Normal Minor or none Metal: light rust  Wood: minor surface stress, edges good A few dings and/ or scratches are o.k.
Good Yes--may need serious tuning Metal: 50-75%  Wood: pleasing patination, may have some stains Normal to moderate Minor but correct Metal: light rust, some minor pitting
Wood: minor chips, shrinkage cracks
This category represents average, as found condition
Good- Probably Metal: 30-50%  Wood: some patination; staining or discoloration prominent, or refinished Moderate to heavy Correct Metal: moderate rust, moderate pitting
Wood: warping, ships, minor splitting
This category definitely indicates a problem, although the general integrity is o.k.
Fair Probably not Metal: 0-30%  Wood: extreme discoloration, poor refinishing Extensive Major, improper or missing parts Metal: moderate to heavy rust, serious pitting
Wood: warped, split, large chunks out, major cracks
Normally not suitable to add to a collection, may be good for parts
Poor No n/a Excessive Damaged, missing major parts Metal: heavy rust, major pitting         Wood: rot, rough surface, glued splits Only useful for parts or raw materials for the repair of better condition tools
  

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