Kevin C Bacon (Baconsdozen). 

Tools for older British made cars,motorcycles commercial vehicles and other machinery.

Whitworth (BSW), B.S.F and B.A sockets 

Tel (44) 01472353993 or Mobile 07974435627

I'm retired,all tools are now being cleared,and will not be replaced.Go to this page to see whats left and to order.

Whitworth tools are marked with the size of the bolts shank diameter not the size of the head. Tools marked BSW (British Standard Whitworth) or Whitworth will fit BSF (British Standard Fine) bolts and those made with Standard Cycle Thread. B.A (British Association) tools are sized by a number,0 being the largest the BA sockets are at the foot of this page..BA are not the same as BSW or BSF but are often used together on machinery.

.Pro quality chrome vanadium Whitworth/BSF sockets,3/18 and 1/2 inch drive.

Individual Elora 1/2 drive 12 point British Standard Whitworth sockets.

Size 1/8 inch Whitworth.5..25

Size 3/16 inch Whitworth.5..25

Size 1/4 inch Whitworth. 5..25

Elora whitworth sockets for classic cars,bikes

Size 5/16 inch Whitworth. 5..75

Size 3/8 inch Whitworth. 5..75

Size 7/16 inch Whitworth. 5..75

Size 1/2 inch Whitworth. 6..50

Size 9/16 inch Whitworth.6..50

Size 5/8 inch Whitworth. 6..50

Size 11/16 inch Whitworth. 7..75

Size 3/4 inch Whitworth. 7.75

Proper,full professional quality,deep Whitworth/BSF sockets.(we no longer supply the cheap Laser alternatives after having issues with poor fit).

A set of seven deep whitworth sockets, six sided (flank drive) by Koken of Japan, 3/8 drive.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16 and 1/2 inch whitworth..Supplied on a chromed socket rail,these sockets are very high quality, accurately  sized and perfectly suitable for a commercial restoration workshop. This contains the most commonly used sizes encountered on vitage or veteran cars/motorcycles etc. 69..50p can post to UK,Europe or Rest of World.

Larger picture of the deep six sided go here.


Six sided Deep British Standard Whitworth sockets


A set of eight deep whitworth sockets, six sided (flank drive) by Koken of Japan, in 3/8 drive.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2 inch and 9/16 inch whitworth..Six sided sockets are sometimes better at gripping worn fastenings and are kinder to plated or brass and alloy fittings.Supplied on a chromed socket rail,top quality,accurate and perfectly suitable for a commercial restoration workshop. 80.50p.


 Set of seven twelve sided deep whitworth sockets expert quality,1/8 through to 1/2 inch whitworth,and 3/8 drive..Normal Koken high quality. The twelve sided configuration can make access slightly easier on awkward to access nuts and bolts,being fractionally smaller in diameter and easier to drop over a recessed fixing. Price 58..50p. Sockets are supplied on a socket rail.About Koken

Deep Koken whitworth, BSFsockets

I also have the set above as an eight piece set with a deep 12 sided 9/16 whitworth added at 73..50


Single Whitworth sockets

As well as the Elora sockets above I have various single BSW sockets in deep or standard form by various makers,also some second user examples for matching missing sockets from sets etc. please ask.



Professional Quality Standard depth BSW sockets.

Set of seven,six sided standard depth whitworth and BSF sockets.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16 and 1/2 inch,all are 3/8 inch drive and mono hex flank drive configuration to grip worn or rusty nuts and bolts less damage to brass or alloy fixings.Excellent quality as we have come to expect from Koken .A wipe over with an oily rag after use and these will serve a mechanic well for many,many years.Supplied on a socket rail. 35.80p. can post UK ,EU and ROW


Whitworth six point sockets

Set of eight chrome vanadium steel whitworth and BSF sockets,six sided,3/8 drive standard length sockets,sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2 and 9/16 inch whitworth. Made in Japan by Koken excellent quality,strong and accurate sockets . 42..50p will post anywhere.

Six sided Koken whitworth sockets amde in Japan..


Set of seven,3/8 drive sockets flank drive double hex configuration. Normal high Koken quality suitable for a professional restoration workshop.You can't fault the quality of Japanese steel and these are accurately made and will last for years.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16 and 1/2 inch. whitworth  priced at 31..50p can post to UK,EU and ROW


BSW 3/8 drive sockets

Same set as above seven piece 12 sided 3/8 drive whitworth sockets but with a 9/16 inch whitworth socket added  Bi hex or 12 sided helps get a bit on hard to get fixings especially if using a coarse toothed ratchet .Koken chrome vanadium steel on rail..38.50p


Proper professional 1/2 drive quality sockets.

A choice of 6 or 12 sided sockets. Both are available in professional quality sets.

This set is twelve sided and 1/2 drive. sizes 3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16 and 5/8 inch whitworth. The set is supplied with a rail .The sockets are accurately made and of excellent quality,ideal for a professional workshop dealing with older cars. 45.50p


Set of eight Koken 1/2 drive standard depth whitworth sockets.SIX SIDED. sizes 3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16 and 5/8 inch whitworth.the set is supplied with a rail. The six sided configuration helps cope with worn or damaged fittings,and is kinder to chromed fittings and those made of brass or alloy. 46..50p.

Larger picture this Koken set go here.


Set of eight.

Set of ten Koken 1/2 drive standard depth whitworth sockets.SIX SIDED.sizes 3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16,5/8,11/16 and 3/4  inch whitworth. May grip worn fittings better than twelve sided and with less risk of damage.Supplied loose.Superb quality and ideal for a professional workshop and classic or vintage machinery.69..50p set

Larger picture this Koken set go here.


Set of ten.


Full set of English made (King Dick) sockets.Chrome Vanadium steel from a long established make.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16,5/8,11/16 and 3/4 inch BSW. Bi hex and 1/2 drive these sockets are of very high quality and will last for years.94.00p. About King Dick Tools.




Professional quality large sized BSW sockets Genuinely made in England.

Examples (all bi hex) 7/8 inch whitworth  3/4 drive 24.50p, 15/16 inch whit 3/4 drive 27..50p, 1 inch whit  3/4 drive 28..50p,  1-1/8 whit 3/4 drive 35..50p, 1-1/4 whit 3/4 drive 49..50p, .All these are English made Phone to order or check post cost as these larger whitworth sockets are heavy!.


A very large King Dick English made whitworth socket

Set of eleven whitworth/BSF bi-hex chrome vanadium steel sockets.Made in Germany by Elora to DIN standard 3124/ISO 2725 and DIN 3120/ISO 1174 I have sold hundreds of these over the years and use them myself. Please note,they do not come with the socket rail shown but are supplied loose..The sizes are 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16,5/18,11/16 and 3/4 inch Price 71..50p Larger picture here.


Whitworth socket set by Elora


Six sided,professional quality BSW Impact sockets .

Various sizes and makes available,call for prices and details.



Odd single BSW sockets,new and secondhand in 3/8,1/2 and 3/4 drive sometimes available,call for details.

1/2 drive individual Whitworth sockets

BA sockets in standard or deep form.Six sided 1/4 inch drive

Often found on old machinery,magnetos and electrical equipment etc, BA (British Association) sockets and spanners are sized by number, 0 being the largest, 2BA is probably the most commonly used size.10 BA is probably the smallest most people will encounter.

Professional quality BA socket set

Precision BA sockets from Japan.1/4 drive BA socket set by Koken (Japan) Full professional quality,very accurate (essential on the small BA range) and well finished . Sizes 0 to 8BA inclusive. .These are six sided (mono hex) sockets to grip worn nuts. 1/4 square drive complete with socket rail 40..00p

High quality set of BA sockets made by koken of Japan.


Individual BA sockets available by Elora or Koken.1/4 drive.Either make are proper professional quality.Most sizes available,please enquire.


Elora six point ba socket

 Top Quality Deep BA sockets

Very high quality deep BA sockets.1/4 drive and six sided. Sets of five sockets, 0,1,2,3 and 4 BA. An alternative to tubular BA box spanners,these are now virtually unobtainable in this quality and we will not split sets. Priced at 35..00p the set of five.Larger picture here.

Deep 1/4 drive BA sockets set of five.


DIY range BA socket sets.

BA (British Association) 11 piece socket sets Laser 0 to 10 BA.Six point, 1/4 inch drive on rail,chrome vanadium steel.Good value for money well made and accurate, a complete set of BA sockets including 9 and 10 BA. BA are not the same as AF,metric or British Standard Whitworth. Using the wrong sockets on small BA fittings can damage them .A cheap set for model engineering,model making etc. 10..00p can post worldwide.

For larger picture Laser BA sockets click here

British association socket set,DIY quality for routine maintenance.

Ratchets.All steel,chrome vanadium with quick release button and reversing lever. 72 teeth. Available in 1/4 drive suitable for the BA sockets (extension bars also stocked) 7..50p

. Larger picture of ratchet here Call to order.

I can also supply all steel ratchets and extension bars for any of the 3/8 or 1/2 drive sockets

I have various,odd new BSW (Whitworth) BSF and BA box (tubular),combination spanners and sockets to clear,I often buy old tools or workshop equipment.

Whitworth,BSF and BA taps and dies.

Those working on older machinery are likely to come across various thread forms unf,unc,BA,whitworth,BSF,cycle thread,gas and others.I no longer supply these taps and dies,but can direct you to someone who can,please ask.

Whitworth/BSF/Imperial/Metric socket size conversion tables.
More comprehensive spanner/tool size charts and tables are here.
The markings on a socket for Whitworth or BSF indicate the thread size of the bolt not the head,for AF (Across the Flats) or they indicate the width apart of opposing sides of the nut or bolt head in fractions of an inch (imperial) or mm (metric) .

Whitworth fittings altered in size in the early 1900s,they went down one size but this makes no practical difference to the tool selection

Whitworth/BSF/Imperial/Metric socket size conversion tables.
More comprehensive spanner/tool size charts and tables are here.
The markings on a socket for Whitworth or BSF indicate the thread size of the bolt not the head,for AF (Across the Flats) or they indicate the width apart of opposing sides of the nut or bolt head in fractions of an inch (imperial) or mm (metric) .
Imperial (af).

A tubular box spanner or six sided (six point) socket the closest size upwards might be a solution in an emergency (ie) a 19mm spanner will probably fit a 3/4 inch af nut.These have greater tolerance than 12 sided sockets but there is always a risk of damage to socket and or the fastening.Impact sockets are almost always six sided (mono-hex).Six sided sockets are less liable to mark or damage brass,alloy or chromed fixings such as wheel or hub nuts.

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