a keen follower of the always insightful posts on
wkfinetools.com. When I saw Wiktor's
story about the wrench a light went on in my head.
I had seen this one before. In fact I owned one strikingly
similar to the one he writes about.
Long story short, Wiktor has kindly asked me to
write about my own wrench. Well, I'm sorry to say I have little
to offer regarding the intended use, the maker or when my wrench
The one I have could be also just as well be
French or German, as opposed to the Sheffield made that Wiktor
had seen. My wrench doesn't display any maker's marks. It's
stamped with either 20, 26 or 2C, but that's all. The stamp
doesn't seem to be related to the width of the wrench as it is
46 mm wide open. It could also have been a later addition.
What I do know is that this type of wrench is
described as a double jaw coach nut wrench, at least if the
wrenchingnews.com are to believe. The same site reports of
similar wrenches made by Peugeot & Fréres as well as German
My wrench has been in my family's possession
since I was a child. My father who was never very keen on
practical work used to reach for this wrench when he needed to
open oil drums lids (http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-5813886-oil-drum-lid.php).
I don't know if this was an intended use for the
wrench, but the rounded outer corners of the two jaws combined
with the fact that the distance between the jaws can be
adjusted, makes the wrench very useful for this particular
purpose. But apart from that I think the wrench was mostly left
idling in the small shed at our summer place in the Finnish