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Classic Hand Tools Ltd (CHT) was formed in 2003 and is now based in Witnesham, Suffolk.

CHT is owned by Mike Hancock and Alex Primmer who have been involved with the sale of quality hand tools for over twenty years.

The CHT staff are as follows;

Alex Primmer is the man you are likely to encounter first if you telephone or call in to our showroom. He is the showroom and mail order sales manager. Alex has taken woodworking courses with John Lloyd, Chris Schwarz & James Mursell as well as loads of product training with Tormek, Veritas, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks & Robert Sorby Tools.

Mary Hancock is our super efficient accounts lady and wanabee woodcarver.

Joy Allen is another wanabee woodcarver who helps us with our marketing and sales. Joy and Mary have been to West Dean to develop their woodcarving skills. Joy is the driving force behind The European Woodworking Show.

Andy Taylor does help with sales and stuff we don't really understand - IT.

Albert, Phil, Jimmy & Bill do all our packing and dispatch - 2 grumpy buggers and 2 young guns... please keep them busy - it is cold in the packing room!

CHT endeavours to support small independent tool makers and likes to promote their products to a wider audience through this web site, trade shows and their mail order catalogue.

Some famous names appear on this site, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Clifton, Robert Sorby, Pfeil, Brusso, Norton, Ron Hock, Veritas etc. However CHT recognises the excellence of smaller, less well known concerns and will try to promote their tools through this site. We have added Blue Spruce Toolworks, Gransfors Bruks, Bad Axe Toolworks, Barr Speciality Tools, Auriou, Lost Art Press books, Sterling Woodworks, RH Preyda & Woodjoy Tools to our stable of tools and supplies in recent years.

As this site grows it will feature more small independent makers. Of course, we have to sell the products to make it viable! We hope you enjoy shopping on our site and look forward to receiving your custom.

SHOWROOM - Feel free to visit - please just give us a call first only so we can advise we have what you wish to look at.

OLD TOOLS - For those of you who only ever want to use old tools in their work and have a specific requirement for an old tool - please let me know and we will try and find it for you. We have many contacts in the antique and collectable tool market and will be pleased to help. We do buy old tools - give us a call first to discuss before making the trip to visit us. We also do house calls when we are in your area.

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