Hand tools have actually been utilized by human beings since the Stone Age when rocks were used for hammering and also reducing. Bronze devices were sharper as well as tougher than those made of stone. Throughout the Iron Age iron replaced bronze, as well as tools became even more powerful and also extra long lasting.
A huge collection of British hand devices dating from 1700 to 1950 is held by St Albans Museums. David Russell’s substantial collection of Western hand tools from the Stone Age to the twentieth century led to the publication of his publication Antique Woodworking Tools.