Japanese bit brace before restoration.

Old Tool Sleuth: Japanese Bit Brace



Japanese bit brace before restoration.

Japanese bit brace before restoration.

This brace was handed down to me by family. No markings except “JAPAN.” This tool is rusty, but restorable. It seems to have a spring jaw and ratchet, about an eight inch sweep. I believe the handles are wood, but can’t tell what species.

Can you help me identify this brace manufacturer, model, and date range?

2 thoughts on “Old Tool Sleuth: Japanese Bit Brace

  1. Sean Wisniewski

    Matt,

    I just found some info that said Fuller made braces in Japan. Found one on Ebay with the Fuller name on the sweep grip. Likely the first thing to rub off during use.

  2. bIlly the singer

    I inherited the same tool from my Dad. I would estimate he bought it the late 50s or early 60s. I saw on picture that identified is as a “Premiere” model. I just cleaned and oiled it tonight. It is a decent quality tool.

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