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Hi Group!

I am brand new to this forum, and wanted to introduce myself.  They call me Hoss Grizzly, but you can call me Grizzly.  Maybe because I am 6'6", and 275 lb.  Anyway,  I am excited to learn and participate in this forum.  I recently decided to start getting serious about learning and collecting instead of admiring from afar. Pocket watches remind me of the good times I had with my Grandfather.  Cheers!

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    • Hi rstl99   Yes it looks all there apart from a few gaps these are ok for general work, for balance work etc you need the  proper up right staking tool with rotating table and punches.  If you google watchmakers stanikng set or do the  same on ebay you will see what I mean therer are many makes K&D Star and many more.
    • Super interesting!! I hadn’t seen any staking tool without a shaft to guide the stakes. There has to be a away set things up. I wonder if these sets are more accessories to a basic set rather than the whole tool by itself.

      I’m interested to learn more about this! Let’s see what the gurus have to say






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    • I just bought this little set at a mart and am wondering exactly what I have and whether the necessary parts are there to use it. It's obviously a small swiss staking set (Star brand), for watchmaking I presume. 

      There's a large round flat stump on the right, screwed into a hole in the box, for hammering on I suppose. 

      There is no frame, just a die plate that fits into a round "holder" as you can see from the photos below. Under the die plate are holes around the outside that fit into the knob in the round holder center recess to secure the die in place. The other hole in the round holder center recess allows the 4mm stakes to fit through. The larger round hole in the center recess is possibly just to fit onto the placement rod at the center of the box, to prevent the assembly from moving around too much when stored inside?

      There is a long piece on the left that is meant to be secured in a vice, which has a flat surface on one end, and a taper with hole in the center at the other end. The stakes are 4mm in diameter and don't fit into the hole in the tapered end. 

      Is there something missing and if not, how is this staking set meant to be used (as opposed to a more usual staking set with a frame, which I have).  I suppose for small staking jobs that could be done on a bench and would not need the perfect perpendicularity that a frame provides for the stake hitting the work? I also attach a catalog listing of a similar tool from the 1920's, in France.

      Thank you, in advance, for your insights and expertise.
    • I started into old clocks and watches as a hobby about 3-4 years ago.  First old clocks, learned to restore a few American ones, a couple of French carriage clocks, odds and ends.  Started acquiring necessary tools.  Then my interest focused on old pocket watches, eventually settling on older verge-fusee watches from 18th century, predominantly French/Paris.  I enjoy buying old movements and working on them.  Satisfies my need to wield tools and work on mechanical objects, now that I'm at an age where working on cars is no longer of interest.  Working on watches meant buying a LOT more tool$, so I've slowly been building up a bit of a tool kit, and even more slowly learning how to use them properly, which means buying and reading a LOT of books.  Anyway, it's been fun and continues to be a source of mental challenge and stimulation that they say is good to ward off Alzheimer's!  Look forward to chatting with some of you here.   Best regards   --Robert
    • I'm looking for advice on what kind of steel stock makes good flat springs for watches?  What do you recommend?  Where can you get it?  Thanks!
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