I was thinking of the tools that have impressed me during my life on approaching 80 and that stand out in my mind for being used by the generations before me and hopefully for those that follow. They have already passed the test of time and use and some have not been improved on. I have and use cast iron cookware that belonged to my grandmother and stainless steel copper bottomed pans and kettles that belonged to my mother. I have glass canning jars and stoneware crocks, butter churn, boiling water caners, and such that belonged to my mother and that she may have got from her mother I have axes, pick axes, grub hoes, hoes, garden spades, animal traps, crow bars, rock bars, chains, logging tongs, felling wedges, splitting mauls, rakes, planting tools and rakes, garden cultivators, a stone boat, and such I that belonged to my parents and some to my grandfather and grandmother. I have bought some new garden tools and also picked up some at yard sales and replaced wooden handles as they go bad, but the basic wood harvesting and gardening tools will last for many years. I have micrometers, indicators, small squares and levels, calipers. anvil, tongs, hammers, hardy, etc that my grandfather used on the farm for metal work and chisels, turning tools, bit and brace, planes, spoke shaves, froe, hand saws, buck saws, coopers hatchet, leather working tools, shoe making and harness making tools that belonged to my dad, grand dad, and maybe great granddad. I have a 1941 Ford 9 N tractor that I picked up from a friend's widow that I have only had a few years, but it has a Dearborn plow, scraper blade, sickle bar mower, wagon, disc, chain drag, and spring tooth cultivator that have been in use since at least the middle 1940's and that still work well. I missed out on the haying equipment that went with it as they are still using it. I have a Springfield 30-06 that was given to me by the ODM when I was 17 and was possibly nearly 40 years old at that time and still works perfectly. I have a Lee loader set that I bought when the government quit giving me ammo for it in 1956 and it all works well. My cousin ended up with grandad's Winchester and still uses it in deer hunting and it predates 1900. I have butcher knives, hog scrapers, meat cleavers, sausage stuffers, meat grinders, meat saws and such that belonged to my dad and some to his dad. I have belt axe, canteen, sheath knife, cook set, pack, blanket, shelter half, load bearing suspenders, 45 pistol, holster, ammo pouches, and such that were bought army surplus or inherited that date from WWII and a German Mauser rifle, cleaning kit, etc that dates from WWI. What have some of you had passed down from your elders that you cherish and would be handy if SHTF and that you still use even now? Others in the family got my grand mothers quilting frame, loom, wool wheel and carding tools, foot treadle sewing machine, dyeing pots and racks for her yarn, and such. My all time favorite is a sea chest in a family here that goes to the eldest daughter and was made in the 1400's in Switzerland and has been passed down as a hope chest for at least 200 years that they know of.