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Wrench Forum => Wrench Forum => Topic started by: p_toad on October 14, 2018, 03:19:56 PM

Title: Vlcek, Trimo family, Proto
Post by: p_toad on October 14, 2018, 03:19:56 PM
You've seen the 6" Trimo, but here's the current "rest of the family".   The Proto and Vlcek are recent finds.  Funny thing is I used to work with a Vlcek and didn't know about the tools back then.
Title: Re: Vlcek, Trimo family, Proto
Post by: EVILDR235 on October 14, 2018, 10:40:25 PM
Very nice. Vlchek must have made a boat load of tools because I see that brand all the time. I have a Proto like that, but mine is also marked Los Angeles. I see lots of old pipe wrenches for sale. I guess the reason is due to the use of so much plastic type of pipe being used nowadays. I also have a lot of lead joint caulking tools made by Plomb and Proto. Some of both and new and unused.

EvilDr235
Title: Re: Vlcek, Trimo family, Proto
Post by: p_toad on October 15, 2018, 12:52:59 PM
Yeah, not so much lead being used any more; either in bodywork or plumbing.

Unfortunately the person who owned that Proto wrench initialed it, but i liked it to much to pass it by.   :grin:
Title: Re: Vlcek, Trimo family, Proto
Post by: lauver on December 03, 2018, 07:43:42 PM
Evil,

Where do you live?  Vlchek manufacturing was located in Ohio.  Vlchek was a pretty small operation until they were bought out by Plomb, sometime after WWII.
Title: Re: Vlcek, Trimo family, Proto
Post by: EVILDR235 on December 03, 2018, 11:06:16 PM
I live in Vancouver Washington across the river from Portland Oregon Land of P&C tools.

EvilDr235
Title: Re: Vlcek, Trimo family, Proto
Post by: mvwcnews on December 08, 2018, 03:28:15 PM
Evil,

Where do you live?  Vlchek manufacturing was located in Ohio.  Vlchek was a pretty small operation until they were bought out by Plomb, sometime after WWII.
A lot of VLCHEK production was contract work which does not bear the VLCHEK name, but which sometimes can be identified by code marks.  WWI lists of military tool production note VLCHEK contracts, including one for a batch of LIBERTY ENGINE SPARK PLUG wrenches.