marking of manufactured parts has a long history. Some say that
the First World War created the modern global standardization
in manufacturing; others claim it was Henry Ford and his assembly
In the modern world, serial and part numbers are incorporated
into the production of an individual item. This marking allows
for interchangeability and replacement, should a part become
defective. It is important when various parts of the piece are
manufactured a considerable distance apart. The key is the coordinated
design and accepted practices used by companies who have embraced
the ISO 9000 and the newer ISO 14000 standards, a system that
assures that a consistent worldwide standard is in use by the
modern global entrepreneur.
|Close-up of the striking knife blade.
||Close-up of the gouge.
From the Roman and even earlier times, housewrights, shipwrights
and most tradespeople used a system to mark the parts of their
product prior to assembly. Although certainly not on the same
scale as described above, the small manufacturer had to develop
a method to remember the structure sequence as the product made
its way through the workshop, with the possibility of being
handled by other masters and apprentices.