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New Poising Tool

From The American Horologist magazine, March, 1940

New Poising Tool

For the man wishing greater accuracy and precision, faster results and sureness of purpose... the new Hansen Poising Tool will meet every requirement of the most discriminating Horologist.



The Poising Tool is so designed that balance cannot creep to a rakish angle or roll from the blades. Instead, one pivot enters a whole jewel, bearing the other pivot rest in a half whole jewel bearing.

Your balance cannot leave your poising tool. An agitator is supplied which aids in vibrating or agitating out of poise posit;on to drop.  This tool accommodates from largest to smallest balances.  Not just another Hansen tool... but one with a long-felt need! 

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