guidebook will prove to be invaluable guidebook for tool-making
enthusiasts and tool collectors. The first approximately 100 pages
offer the authors narrative and an overview of this period in toolmaking.
The next approximately 300 pages include valuable appendixes.
Appendix A presents
the time line and definitions to help clarify the transition from
ancient steel- and toolmaking strategies and techniques. Appendix
B provides definitions of the various types of iron and steel. Appendix
C is a massive listing of 18th and 19th century American toolmaker
companies including tool types, marks, unique attributes, and links
for additional information. Appendix D lists unidentified toolmakers
in the Davistown Museum Collection. The complete, categorized bibliography
and extensive index make this book manageable and useable.