I'm a tool geek, I admit it. I can barely lift the tool box that has my wrenches in it and I can't lift all of my socket sets. Over the last year I've picked up some US made sockets and wrenches from thrift stores, etc and recently started going through them to see what I had. I don't have everything, but I have enough to do anything I may need.
While going through my sockets I had some Craftsman I didn't recognize some of the markings on. I decided to find out what deal was with the ones marked "Craftsman BE" and found a great site to look up information on US made tools - www.alloy-artifacts.org
. The site has a lot of information on the history of US made sockets, wrenches and other tools. It turns out that the Craftsman BE sockets had were made circa 1930's and of really good quality. Nice score for me.
While going through I noticed that I was a little shy on 6 point sockets, I have lots 12 point sockets - not quite everything in 1/4, 3/8 & 1/2 drive, but damn near. So, I have a spreadsheet I keep everything in and a list on my phone of which of the Craftsman BE 1/2 sockets I have along with some others. I'm going to keep my eyes out for the Craftsman BE sockets on the 2nd hand market.
The local pawn shops will sell US made sockets for $0.50 a piece, not a bad price. Some pawn shops sort their US and foreign sockets and charge a bit more for the US made ones, while some just put them into big tubs and you get to sort through them. I'll be hitting the pawn shops up because at $0.50 each they are worth buying every one I can get. I figure if nothing else they can always be sold to people looking for them at some point in the future for more than I paid for them
Eventually I'll have every size in 1/4, 3/8 & 1/2 drive and then I may just start looking at 3/4 and 1 inch drive... but those are damn expensive.