There is a certain type of person (like me, f'rinstance) for whom stepping into Buck & Ryan is like walking into a dream - Tool Heaven. They used to be in Tottenham Court Road for years (and if I have a grip, it is that his new location is smaller, but I'm sure I can't tell what's missing) and they are the place in London for tools. From those odd small screwdrivers to machine lathes, they've got the lot.
As an added bonus, they were the suppliers of tools to Donald Campbell's Bluebirds, and you may also still be able to talk to his cousin, who still works there.
Very good selection of supplies; one of the more well stocked such shops I've run across in London!
But I feel like I've been caught in a bait and switch. Their website listed a tool that I needed so I went across town in the rain to get it. The only one available under the same name/number was slightly different and much more expensive. And because the price wasn't posted on the shelf I didn't realize this until I was about to pay. I expressed a bit of confusion so the man at the till asked his co-worker to check the website, and the co-worker said the website listed the price I was being charged. At this point the man behind me in the queue started tutting with impatience. So, feeling flustered and not wanting to cause any further disturbance, I bought it and left quickly. I've just checked the website and my memory was not failing me; the item I ended up being sold was not listed on the website at all and was a good 20 pounds more than what I went in intending to buy.
This is no one's fault but my own. A store's supplies can vary and I should remember to be a bit more wary and observant. And to ignore any tutters behind me.
Certainly it is places like this that require some exposure online? It just goes to show that you can be a non-corporate monster and still have a fine selection of product with competitive prices.
Buck & Ryan is pretty much what Americans call a hardware store and the British call a tool shop.
Why do American's do that? Make things sound cooler? Hardware, hard. ware...
Anyway, it is very good in that it has lots of tools from respected manufacturers and more than likely the thing you are looking for. Me, I like to take things apart without the slightest idea of how to put them together again just for the hell of it. I need tools for that. I will go to Buck & Ryan for my tool, hardware, needs in future. Yes.
Also, it has the King of Swiss Army Knives in there, which is cool. It has over 100 different attachments. I think that is cool, but I am a nerd.
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