Founded in 1886 by Swedish inventor and industrialist Johan Petter Johansson (1853–1943) as Enköpings Mekaniska Verkstad, Bahco is a premium hand tool manufacturer.
Founded in 1958 as a companion company to J.W. Foster and Sons (est. 1895), Reebok is an athletic footwear and apparel company, specialized in fitness.
Founded in 1992 as Aero Products International, Aerobed is the leading manufacturer of premium, technologically-advanced air beds.
Founded in 1913 as the Ashland Manufacturing Company, the Wilson Sporting Goods Company is an American sports equipment manufacturer.
Founded in 1929 by John Tate Riddell, Riddell is an American company specializing in sports equipment for American football, mostly known for its helmet technology and innovation.
Founded in 1920 by Joseph Johnson and William Seidemann as the Snap-on Wrench Company, Snap-on is a manufacturer of high-end tools for professional users.
Founded in 1697 by James Reenstierna as a manufacturer of nails and tool used for ship building, Hults Bruk now is the largest axe manufacturer in Sweden.
Founded in 1936, Cannon Rubber launched Avent in 1984 as a brand of a new type of baby bottle that was short with a wide neck.
Founded in 1961 by Björn Jakobson, Babybjörn is a Swedish manufacturer of baby products, best known for its baby carriers.
Founded in 1997 by Rolf Mertens, the Kokua bike company manufactures the most iconic balance bike, the likeabike.
Founded in 1932 by Jacob Bloch, Bloch is one of the most prestigious dance brands, mostly known for its unequalled pointe shoes.
Founded in 1893 as Weber Brothers Metal Works, Weber-Stephen Products is the manufacturer of the most iconic outdoor barbecue grill.
Founded in 1974 by Ed Fisher, the Big Green Egg is the most iconic ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker.
Founded in 1887, Rawlings is a manufacturer of sporting goods, specialized in Horween leather baseball gloves.
Founded in 1876 by Albert Spalding in Chicago, Illinois, Spalding is an American sporting goods company specialized in the production of balls for many sports, but is most-known for its basketballs.
Founded in 1896 by Conrad Hubert as the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company, Eveready is a leading manufacturer of battery brands.
Founded in 1918 by Sentarō Kuwahara as a small family enterprise, the Kuwahara Bicycle Company started business by selling bicycle parts wholesale.
Founded in 1892 by Willem Kölling and Rudolf Arentsen, Royal Dutch Gazelle is the most iconic bicycle manufacturer in the Netherlands.
Founded in 1976 by Andrew Ritchie, Brompton Bicycle is a manufacturer of folding bicycles. Ritchie named the company after the Brompton Oratory.
Founded in 1905 by Maurice Goudard and Marcel Mennesson as a manufacturer of radiators, Solex is mostly known for launching the first powered bicycle, the VéloSoleX.
Founded in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, Specialized is a manufacturer of high performance bicycles, mostly known for introducing the world’s first mountain bike.
Founded in 1885 by medical instrument maker Edoardo Bianchi, F.I.V. Edoardo Bianchi S.p.A is the world’s oldest bicycle-making company still in existence.
Founded in 1933 by Tullio Campagnolo, Campagnolo is an Italian manufacturer of high-end bicycle components, organized as groupsets.
Founded in 1985 by Jim Gentes, Giro is a US manufacturer of helmets, apparel and shoes for cycling, and goggles for skiing and snowboarding.
Founded in 1924 by August Bremicker, Abus (an acronym for August Bremicker und Söhne) is the world’s leading manufacturer of bicycle locks.
Founded in 1902 by G.H. van Leeuwen as Veenendaalsche IJzerfabriek, AXA Stenman is a leading manufacturer of home and bike security products.
Founded in 1971 by Michael Zane, Kryptonite is the manufacturer of bicycle locks, especially known for inventing the iconic U-lock.
Founded in 1951, originally as a manufacturer of ski equipment, Look today manufactures high-end ski bindings, bicycle frames and cycling equipment.
Designed in the 1930s by Jumbo bicycle parts in Ede, The Netherlands, Jumbo is the most iconic bicycle pump in the world.
Founded in 1881 by Louis Wijnberg as a glue factory, Simson today makes the most iconic bicycle repair kit.
Founded in 1866 in Hockley, Birmingham, Brooks England is a bicycle saddle manufacturer.
Founded in 1949 by Wilhelm Swarovski, son of Daniel Swarovski, founder of Swarovski crystal (est. 1895), Swarovski Optik KG is the manufacturer of world’s most iconic binoculars.
Invented by Roger Eddy in 1947, the Audubon bird call is a classic, simple birdwatcher’s tool.
The iconic Uncle Goose ABC blocks teach preschool children how to read, write, sort, and just have fun.
The Riva company was founded by Pietro Riva in 1842, and run by Carlo Riva through its 1969 sale to the American Whittaker Corporation.
Founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane, Penguin Books is a British publishing house, mostly known for its iconic paperback books.
Created in 1931 by Jacques Schiffrin, the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade is a French series of books with reference editions of the complete works of classic authors in a pocket format.
Founded in 1904 in Marseille by Félix Rofritsch, La Boule Bleue makes the most iconic pétanque boules. It all started when Rofritsch opened a shop on the rue des Fabres, and sold goods that he called ‘articles from Paris’.
Founded in 1910 by Jacob Golomb as a manufacturer of swimwear, Everlast is the world’s leading manufacturer, marketer and licensor of boxing equipment.
Founded in 1896 by Adolf Lamprecht in the town of Penig, Alape is a manufacturer of innovative and high quality sanitary.
Founded in 1944 by engineer Owen Maclaren as Andrews Maclaren, Ltd., Maclaren is a manufacturer of baby buggies, strollers and carriers based in the UK.
Founded in 2002 by Nick Woodman as Woodman Labs Inc., GoPro is an American technology company mostly known for its action cameras.
Founded in 1916 by Laben Fisher Deardorff, Deardorff manufactures view cameras that have produced the image standard by which all other cameras are judged.
Founded in 1841 by Fritz Victor Hasselblad, Victor Hasselblad AB is a manufacturer of medium-format cameras and photographic equipment based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Founded in 1937 by Edwin H. Land, Polaroid is best known for its Polaroid instant film and cameras.
Founded in 1973 in the West Midlands, Billingham originally manufactured fishing bags and only moved into camera bags after the company noticed that many photographers were using its fishing bags to carry their cameras around.
Founded in 1937, Volkswagen AG is a German car manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.
A capo is a device used on the neck of guitars, mandolins, and banjos to shorten the playable length of the strings, hence raising the pitch.
Founded in 1937, Volkswagen AG is a German car manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany and is now the second-largest automaker in the world.
Founded in 2003 by Martin Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning, JB Straubel, Ian Wright and Elon Musk, Tesla Motors is an American car manufacturer.
Founded in 1915 as a subsidiary of the ball bearing manufacturer SKF, AB Volvo is a Swedish manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg.
Produced from 1941 to 1945 by Willys-Overland as a four-wheel drive utility vehicle for war use, the Willys MB was the world’s first Jeep.
A limousine is a luxury sedan with a lengthened wheelbase, driven by a chauffeur. The first ‘stretch limousine’ was created by a coach company named Armbruster, who designed cars for big bands.
Introduced in 1984, the Renault Espace is one of the first multi-purpose vehicle (MPVs) in the world. The project was started by Matra, one of the French Renault partners, but was marketed under the Renault brand.
Initially, a roadster was an American term for a two-seat car with no weather protection. By the 1970s, usage of the term evolved to open two-seat cars of sporting appearance or character.
Introduced in 1963 by Porsche AG, the Porsche 911 is a the most iconic high performance sports car.
Launched in 1970 by Land Rover and still in production today, the Range Rover is the most iconic luxury SUV.
Founded in 1929 by Wally Byam, Airstream is a brand of luxury caravans, easily recognized by their polished aluminum coachwork and the use of rivets.
Founded in 1958, P.C. Cox has is the global market leader in the design and production of hand held sealant and adhesive applicators.
Founded in 1926 by Andreas Stihl, Andreas Stihl AG & Company is a German manufacturer of handheld power equipment, mostly know for its chainsaws.
Founded in 1862 by Christian and Georg Thiel as a metal factory, Ruhla is a watch manufacturer in Germany, mostly known for its Gardé chess clocks.
Founded in 1992 by Ben Bulsink, DGT Projects manufactures the official FIDE chess clock. When studying at the Technical University Twente in Enschede, Bulsink built his first clock in 1985.
The game of chess has a history that spans over 1500 years. Chessmen appear in all sorts of shapes and sizes…
Founded in 1889 by Max Bessey in Stuttgart as a bright steel drawing plant, Bessey Tool GmbH & Co. KG is one of the largest hand tool clamp manufacturers in the world.
Founded in 1761 by Kaspar Faber, Faber-Castell is one of the world’s largest and oldest manufacturers of pencils and art supplies.
Founded in 1895 by David W. Brunton and William Ainsworth, Brunton, Inc. is a manufacturer of technical gear for outdoor activity.
Created in 1952 by Malley’s, a Sydney refrigeration business, Esky is an Australian brand of portable coolers.
Founded in 1918 by C.N. Williamson and E.E. ‘Colonel’ Dickie as the US Overall Company, Dickies is a leading manufacturer of workwear.
Founded in 1885 by Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith as ‘Binney & Smith’, Crayola is a brand of artists’ supplies and best known for its crayons.
Founded in 1890 by Alfred Grace Thompson, Kookaburra is a sports equipment company, mostly known for manufacturing the most iconic cricket ball.
Two big names feature in the history of the dartboard: Nodor, founded in 1919, and Winmau, founded in 1945 as H.A. Hicks.
Founded in 1937 by Frank Lowy, Unicorn is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dart equipment.
First produced in 1935 by Frank Hornby as the Frank Hornby Firm, Dinky Toys was a manufacturer of die-cast miniature vehicles.
Founded in 1972 by Manfred Bogdahn, Flexi is the creator of the wold’s first retractable dog leash.
Founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, Gretsch is one of the most prominent manufacturers of drum kits.
Founded in 1968 by Ray Wilson and Augie Neato, Life Fitness is an American fitness equipment company, specialized in the production of exercise bikes and treadmills.
Founded in 1949 as the Japan Stationery Co., Pentel is a privately held Japanese manufacturer of stationery products, credited for inventing the world’s first felt-tipped pen.
Founded in 1855 by world rackets champion H.J. Gray, Grays is a supplier of quality sports equipment for hockey, racquets and cricket, and especially known as a field hockey stick manufacturer.
Founded in the 1930s by Lauri Rapala, Rapala is the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing lures and other fishing related products.
Founded in 1870 by John and Albert Brady, Brady was originally a manufacturer of high-quality gun cases and leather bags for use in field sports.
Founded in 1983 by Nerio Alessandri, Technogym is the manufacturer of the most iconic fitness equipment.
Founded in 1955 by Anthony Maglica, Mag Instrument, Inc. is the manufacturer and the inventor of the Maglite flashlight.
Founded in 1948 by Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin, Wham-O Inc. is a toy company known for marketing popular toys such as the Hula Hoop, the Frisbee, the Slip ‘N Slide, the Hacky Sack and the Boogie Board.
Founded in 1927, Bonzini has always been active in the leisure industry, with a specialization in precision engineering and furniture manufacturing.
Founded in 1904 by Dr. Hugo Güldner, Dr. Carl von Linde and Dr. Georg von Krauss as Güldner-Motoren-Gesellschaft, Linde Material Handling GmbHis a manufacturer of forklift and warehouse trucks and is the market leader in Europe.
Designed in 1923 by the Ateliers de la Ville de Paris, under the SENAT brand name, the Fermob Luxembourg chair is an icon of French style.
Founded in 1961 by Werner Kress and Eberhard Kastner as an importer of French garden tools, Gardena today is a manufacturer of products for garden watering and care.
Founded in 1932 by Phil Young, Titleist is an American brand name golf equipment and apparel products.
Founded in 1982 by textile mogul Ely Callaway Jr., Callaway Golf Company is a leading manufacturer of golf equipment.
Founded in 1967 by Karsten Solheim, Ping is an American manufacturer of golf equipment, especially known for making the most iconic putter model, the Ping Anser.
Founded in 1979 by Roger Cleveland as ‘Cleveland Classics’, Cleveland Golf is a manufacturer of golf equipment, mostly known for its innovative wedges.
Founded in 1962 by drummer Jim Marshall as a shop selling drums, Marshall Amplification is the world’s leading manufacturer of music amplifiers, and speaker cabinets.
Founded in 1911 by James Neill, Eclipse makes the world’s frost iconic hacksaw. In 1889, James Neill patented composite steel and registered his products under the Eclipse trademark in 1909.
Estwing Manufacturing Company was founded in Rockford, Illinois, in 1923 by Swedish immigrant Ernest O. Estwing…
Founded in 1941 by Martin and Eugen Hilti, Hilti AG is a manufacturer of products for the construction, primarily for the professional end-user.
Founded in 1830 by John Spear and Sam Jackson, Spear & Jackson Group is a leading manufacturer and distributor of garden tools, metrology equipment, woodworking tools and magnetic equipment under several brand names.
Founded in 1857 by Matthias Hohner, Hohner is a German manufacturer of musical instruments, mostly know for their harmonicas and accordions.
The history of the headphone is tied together with a string of brands and innovations. Heritage-wise you are well off buying AKG or Koss
Founded in 1966 by John Bowers, Bowers & Wilkins is a manufacturer of audio equipment, mostly known for its loudspeakers.
Designed in 1972 by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik for Stokke, the Tripp Trapp is an ingenious highchair that revolutionized the children’s chair category.
Founded in 1935 by Alfred Kärcher, Kärcher is the world market leader in cleaning technology, mostly known for its high-pressure cleaners.
Founded in 1932 by Charles Danner, The Danner Shoe Mfg. Company started out as a manufacturer of handcrafted work boots.
Founded in 1902 by Hoyt Buck, Buck Knives is a manufacturer of sport and field knives and is credited with inventing the folding hunting knife.
Founded in 1835 by London tobacconist and fine competition pigeon shot Harris Holland, Holland & Holland manufacturers the most iconic hunting rifles.
Founded in 1976 by rowing brothers Dick and Pete Dreissigacker, Concept2 is a manufacturer of rowing equipment based in Vermont, USA.
Founded in 1956 by Bernhard Markwitz, Bema is the original manufacturer of the inflatable armbands – swim aids designed to make the wearer float in water.
Founded in 1911 by Carl A. Grundén, Grundén is the most iconic manufacturer of durable foul weather garments.
Jelly shoes, named after their jelly-like sheen, are shoes made of PVC plastic. The exact origins of the jelly shoes are unclear.
Founded in 1970 by Hal Wing, Wing Enterprises produces the Little Giant Ladder System and is the largest manufacturer of American-made ladders.
Founded in 1902 by Hermann Nier as ‘Hermann Nier Feuerhandwerk’ Feurehand is the manufacturer of the most iconic hurricane lantern.
Invented in 1952 by Mervyn Victor Richardson, the Victa lawn mower was the first lightweight rotary mower.
Founded in 1857 by Mathias Klein, Klein Tools is an American manufacturer of hand tools for the electrical and telecommunications industries.
Founded in 1783, Shaw Magnets is the oldest established magnet company in the world and can be found in hundreds of thousands of industrial and educational environments.
Founded in 1895 in Germany, Hoechstmass is the world’s leading manufacturer of tape measures and roller tape measures.
Founded in 1895 by Gustav Wittner, Wittner manufactures musical accessories such as tuning forks, string accessories and stands, but is mostly known for its metronomes.
Founded in 1925 by Sidney N. Shure as a supplier of radio parts kits, Shure Incorporated is a manufacturer of audio electronics.
Founded in 1892 by French chemist Claude Chavant, Chavant produces the most iconic non-drying sculpting clay.
Founded in 1960 by Oreste Zanatta, who first ran a small workshop, Calzaturificio Tecnica S.P.A. focused primarily on the production of work-boots.
Founded in 1983 by Timothy S. Leatherman and Steve Berliner, Leatherman is a brand of multitools and knives.
Founded in 1883 by the Krauth and Benninghofen families, Hamilton Stands Inc. is a musical instrument accessories manufacturing company based in Middletown, Ohio.
Founded in 1949 by Robert Gilmour as Gilmour Manufacturing Company, Gilmour is the leading U.S. watering brand.
Founded in 1868 by Linus Yale Jr. and Henry R. Towne, Yale is a leading lock manufacturer and inventor of the pin tumbler lock.
Founded in 1963 by Alois K. Diethelm, Lascaux has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of water-based artists’ colours and products used for restoration.
Founded in 1887 by Gustave Sennelier, Sennelier is a French brand of art supplies famous for their hand selected pigments.
Founded in 1832 by William Winsor and Henry Newton, Winsor & Newton is a manufacturer of fine art products, mostly known for its watercolour paint.
Founded in 1793 and operated and owned by the Max Sauer family since 1859, Raphaël is the oldest fine art brush maker in Europe.
Founded in 1949 by Heinz Kettler, Kettler is a German manufacturer of riding toys, exercise equipment and garden furniture.
Founded in 1781 by William Asprey as a silk printing business, Asprey is a manufacturer of leather goods, jewellery, silverware and home goods.
Playing cards date back as early as the 9th century during the Tang dynasty (618–907) in China. A standard deck of cards as we know it today is based on French playing cards.
Founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, Steiff is a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality toys.
Founded in 1890 by Joseph Opinel, Opinel manufacturers and markets a line of wooden-handled knives. The family-run company also operates a museum dedicated to its knives.
Founded in 1884 by Karl and Nicolas Elsener, Victorinox is the biggest manufacturer of pocket knives in the world, mostly known for its Swiss Army knives
Founded in 1923 in Beaune, in the Burgundy region of France, Bourgogne et Grasset make the benchmark casino chips.
In 1982, Peter Rasch invented a device that could automatically clean a swimming pool. He decided to work with Maytronics to develop the world’s first robotic pool cleaner.
John Brunswick built his first billiards table in 1845 at his woodworking shop in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a successful Chicago meatpacker.
An anvil pruner has a cutting blade that comes down onto the center of a soft metal or hard plastic lower surface, called the anvil or table.
Bypass pruners use a scissors action to pass next to the lower surface, sometimes called the hook, designed to catch and hold the branch while the cutting blade comes down.
In 1922 inventor and entrepreneur Raymond Elmer DeWalt invented the radial arm saw in 1922. He founded DeWalt Products Company in 1924 to manufacture his radial arm saw, which he called the ‘wonder-worker’.
A resonator guitar is an acoustic guitar that carries string vibration through the bridge to one or more spun metal cones (resonators), instead of to the sound board.
Founded in 1823 by cobbler William Gilbert, Gilbert is the leading manufacturer of sports equipment for rugby union and netball.
Founded in 1925 by Gottlieb Stoll and Albert Fezer as Fezer & Stoll, Festool manufactures superior quality electric and pneumatic tools for professional users.
Founded in 1924 by A.F. Siebert in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Tool Corporation is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools for professional users.
Founded in 1885 by Henry Selmer, Henri Selmer Paris is a manufacturer of musical instruments, best known for its professional-grade saxophones and clarinets.
Founded in 1884 by Rinaldo Piaggio, Piaggio is the manufacturer of the world’s most iconic scooter, the Vespa.
Founded in 1936 by Hermann Werner, Wera Tools is one of the leading global manufacturers of screwdrivers, screwdriver bits and ratchets.
Founded in 1936 by ‘Old Man’ Chapman in Durham, Connecticut, Chapman MFG is a small manufacturer of hand tools, mostly know for its screwdriver bit sets and midget ratchets.
Originally designed in 1909 by Francis Stewart, the Speedy Stitcher is a hand tool that can be used to sew and repair heavy materials such as leather, canvas or vinyl.
Founded in Sheffield in 1730, Burgon & Ball is a manufacturer of shears, scissors and knives. In the 19th century the company patented a design for the iconic shearing shears (as pictured above), which are still in production today.
Founded in 1940 by blacksmith Tsuneichi Okano, Okatsune (an acronym of the founder’s name) is the undisputed number 1 shear manufacturer in Japan.
Founded in 1928 in London as Reinforced Shuttlecocks Ltd., RSL Badminton is a professional badminton equipment provider.