2002 - 2008, probably earlier (Ratchets only)KX = Danaher, ca. 1970-1973 (note- found on vernier calipers)N = Pratt Read, ca.
1999 - 2003GK-F = Danaher/Kingsley Tools Division, ca. I came across a Tri-Wing 1/4" C-man rat that had a KU- number on the handle, made in USA. 2008 - Wasn't Danaher totally outsourcing by 2008? (found on lock ring plier)^V (1st V inverted) = Danaher, ca. LG-- I'm curious how you would date this ratchet given the photo evidence and your own personal knowledge of these ratchets. 1939 - 1950, 1957 - 1986, & 1970 - 1996 K3V = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, probably earlier (Ratchets only)KY = Danaher, ca. Gang, I made a field trip to Sears a few weeks ago and inspected all the major tools for series codes. If I could have gotten it alone, I probably would have.
Let me know if any of you run across any Crafty tool manufacturer or date information. I'm always on the lookout, but I've only got two aging eyes! I came across a Tri-Wing 1/4" C-man rat that had a KU- number on the handle, made in USA. 2008 - Wasn't Danaher totally outsourcing by 2008?
If any of you have questions, concerns, alternate theories, etc , please feel free to post away.
But I suspect this code reflects production revisions, and in our present case, I suspect it has to do with the disappearance of the oiler.
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2003 - 2011GK-A = Danaher/Kingsley Tools Division, ca.