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About Us
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 helps 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.

Our Contact details:
Classic Hand Tools
Hill Farm Business Park Witnesham Ipswich Suffolk IP6 9EW United Kingdom
Phone:+ 44 (0) 1473 784 983 Email:
VAT Number GB 818 1114 55
Making A Purchase
Making a purchase could not be easier. Just browse our Catalogue, and click on any items that you wish to buy and put them into the toolbox. After you have finished your selection, click on "Order" and you will be asked for a few details that we need to be able to satisfy the order.

We accept Mastercard, Visa Credit & Debit payments, Paypal & American Express. You may send your card details over the internet on our secure online order form or if you prefer by phone or snail mail.

Your tools will be sent when your payment has cleared with the banks.

Age Restricted Items

Please note that items such as carving knives, axes and alike carry an age restriction of 18+. By placing your order, you are confirming that you are over the age of 18.
Shipping and Handling UK - Mainland - orders under 30kgs (that's about 10 Lie Nielsen jack planes - so pretty heavy!)

All UK mainland orders over £45 inc VAT are currently being shipped FREE. Orders under £45 inc VAT, delivery is £3.95 inc VAT

UK mainland includes the Isle of Wight, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Isles of Scilly. Please note that delivery can be slightly slower to the postcodes listed below where we are unable to offer the Next Day Delivery Service.

NEXT DAY DELIVERY - £6 incl VAT for orders placed before 1pm Monday to Thursday. If you would like a Saturday delivery please call us to check the cost and availability. We despatch Monday to Friday so if you place an order after 1pm on a Friday on a Next Day Delivery Service, we will send out the next working day which means you should expect delivery on the Tuesday.

PLEASE NOTE we are unable to offer Next Day Delivery for the following postcodes;

Highlands and Islands - IV, HS, KA27-28, KW, PA20-49, PA60-78, PH17-26, PH30-44, PH49-50, ZE

Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly - BT, IM, TR21-25

If you require 24hr delivery please telephone us to find out what the cost would be for a 24 hour delivery.

Over 30kgs? - For details of carriage charges on heavy deliveries (bulk orders, lathes, workbenches etc) please phone the team on + 44 (0) 1473 784 983, or email them for a quotation.


Orders to be delivered overseas will not display a carriage charge when placing an order online. When we receive the order it will go on hold, a delivery cost will be worked out and we will then contact you with the total cost and ask if you wish to go ahead with the order.

Classic Hand Tools frequently receive orders from France, Scandinavia, The USA, Australia, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Eire & Italy. Our customers consider our shipping costs to be most reasonable.

Eire and the Channel Islands will be treated in the same way as overseas deliveries. We will place the order on hold and contact you with details of the total cost including shipping. We want to ensure you receive the right charge depending on your order. In most instances this does not slow things down.

Euro Rate - please note the Euro price we list on the site is for your guidance only. We sell in British pounds (£) and the exchange rate is decided by your card provider not us. We also accept bank transfers, please contact us for more details, + 44 (0) 1473 784 983 or email

VAT - non EU countries will have the VAT deducted from their invoice and this will be confirmed prior to dispatch.
Delivery Schedule
Once your payment is cleared we will send your tools right away. UK delivery is usually 48 hours whilst USA delivery is usually within 7 days.
Tax Charges
VALUE ADDED TAX - All prices quoted include VAT at 20%. For countries who do not have to pay this lovely tax an amendment will be made to accommodate this plus any extra shipping costs.
We guarantee your satisfaction. All of our products come with a 30 day no quibble guarantee.
Reaching Us
If you need to reach us, please email us on, alternatively, you can call on 01473 784 983 (International +44 1473 784 983) or write to us at Classic Hand Tools, Hill Farm Business Park, Witnesham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9EW United Kingdom
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Returns Policy
It is very important that you are fully satisfied with the product sent to you. If the goods are proven to be faulty or do not comply with the Sale of Goods Act 1979 we will offer a replacement or refund and pay for their return. In other cases the cost of return is paid by the customer and should be returned in original sale condition (including packaging) within 7 days.
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