Re: Your Most Cherished Hand Tool
I don't really have a favorite, all of the tools I use regularly are my favorite because I am used to them, comfortable with them, and it's hard to find "love" for replacements when a cherished tool breaks or grows legs. A silly "favorite" is a really crappy 1" Stanley chisel I bought at the start of my construction career when I didn't have money for tools. The blade is too soft to hold an edge, let alone ever be sharp enough for chiseling anything of import, but that is not what I use it for, it's more of an all purpose tool, used mostly for scra-ping, prying, knocking chunks off of something. Works great for peeling old wax toilet rings. Periodically, I'll dress the tip on the bench grinder (or angle grinder ) and it's good for another 100,000 miles, so to speak.
Because I specialized in remodel and repair, I chose Estwing hammers, not the greatest balance for framing needs, but unbeatable when it comes to any kind of demolition that I had at any given time.
The one tool that I could really call a favorite was a Snap-On phillips screw driver, because it gripped screws well, and had a hex shank at the handle that a wrench could be put on for extra leverage. Some @****** stole it back in college.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!