Ryan is on the A List (VERIFIED) because Roger Milam (Silly's MB) found a few examples in the UK and asked me to look them up in the MWSC books, I did, and they are a verified supplier.
17thAirborne wrote:I cannot find a wartime catalog to verify that era's logo. I see slight differences in the height of the "RYAN", but the two dashes "=" on either side seem to be consistently there. =RYAN=
Sorry I can't help, Oz. I have done no further research on Ryan. But I wouldn't sweat it too much if I were you.
I have stated my philsophy many times before about situations like this, but if it helps, I will state it again. It's a hobby, not museum curating. The amount and depth of research we have done on the GMTK, collectively, and the degree of integrity and best judgement everyone more or less shows in trying to do their best to collect tools that meet the standards of verification and validation for specifications, production age (vintage), and branding, has been nothing short of incredible. These =RYAN= tools are a good example of a marginal choice right now. The brand has been verified. Without a way, at this time, to definitively
distinguish a WWII vintage example of a Ryan punch or chisel from a more modern vintage example, other than gut feel (finish, patina, wear, etc), if you really want to put them in your kit, nobody has a right - and more importantly, any substantive evidence to the contrary
- for why you should not! I dare say nobody is more of a stickler than I am on proven standards. By the same token, I am extremely tolerant and open on small innocuos maybes, while they're in small innocuous maybe stages. It doesn't hurt anything. And it's often more interesting than seeing the same tired brands. In this case, we have a long-time collector in the UK adding a brand to our repertoire. So what if a few kits sport some Ryan tools and we find out later that the =RYAN= with the long letters is correct and the squatter logos are more modern, or vice versa? It moves the hobby forward, without sapping all the fun out of it with grinchly cynicism.