Once Again: The Criminal Element and Tool Appreciation

Max Brand The False Rider (a western novel) describes a safecracker or lock picker and the tools of the trade ...

He did not need most of those tools for the delicate task which was in his hands now, but he had laid out a great portion of them around him. They inspired him with the recollection of many another knotty problem in the past which, he, unaided had solved.

A similar case could be made with the cook or chef in relation to a batterie de cuisine: a set of unused tools is useful because of having been used.

And so for day 581