The Commemorative Series started back in 1993 and was only available for purchase by Founder's Circle Members to thank them for weathering the storm with John when he went through financial difficulties in the early 1990's. These tools were unique, functional and were designed to be a family heirloom. When possible, each tool in the Commemorative Tool series included a U.S. penny, either hidden or visible, placed somewhere in the tool as a token of gratitude to the Founder's Circle Members who supported Bridge City Tool Works through the years. This penny was John's way of wishing good luck to the user. There was a total of 19 tools in the Commemorative Tool Series and none were ever made again.