Tools & DIY

Safety helmet

Founded in 1914 by John Ryan and George Deike as Mine Safety Appliances, MSA was originally a manufacturer of safety appliances for the mining industry.

Jacket (work)

Founded in 1889 by Hamilton Carhartt, Carhartt is an American clothing company, mostly known for its work clothes such as jackets, overalls and coveralls.


Founded in 1896 by Conrad Hubert as the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company, Eveready is a leading manufacturer of battery brands.

Saw (reciprocating)

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 1868 by Linus Yale Jr. and Henry R. Towne, Yale is a leading lock manufacturer and inventor of the pin tumbler lock.

Automotive tools

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 1918 by C.N. Williamson and E.E. ‘Colonel’ Dickie as the US Overall Company, Dickies is a leading manufacturer of workwear.

Radial arm saw

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’.

Hammer drill

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 1970 by Hal Wing, Wing Enterprises produces the Little Giant Ladder System and is the largest manufacturer of American-made ladders.


Founded in 1936 by Hermann Werner, Wera Tools is one of the leading global manufacturers of screwdrivers, screwdriver bits and ratchets.


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 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.


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.


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 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.

Caulking gun

Founded in 1958, P.C. Cox has is the global market leader in the design and production of hand held sealant and adhesive applicators.

Utility knife

Founded in 1843 by Frederick Stanley as a small manufacturer of hardware from wrought iron, Stanley/ Black & Decker today is a world-leading provider of tool and powertools.

Screwdriver bit set

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.


Founded in 1959 as Nakayama Kiko Shokai, Trusco is a wholesaler of machine tools for building sites. Trusco carries hundreds of thousands of products, but their most iconic product is by far the blue enamel toolbox.


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.

Shearing shears

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.

Pocket knife

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.

Wall plug

Originally founded in 1887 as Rawlings Brothers, Rawlplug Ltd. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialist anchoring and fixing systems.

Adjustable wrench

Founded in 1886 by Swedish inventor and industrialist Johan Petter Johansson (1853–1943) as Enköpings Mekaniska Verkstad, Bahco is a premium hand tool manufacturer.

Watch tools

Founded in 1791, Bergeon & Cie. has distinguished itself as a leading innovator and precision manufacturer of tools for the watch making and jewelry industry.

Vernier caliper

Mitutoyo was founded in 1934 by Yehan Numata with one product, the micrometer. Mitutoyo’s philosophy at that time was to make high-quality micrometers, but also to produce them in quantities that made them affordable and available to all of manufacturing.


Estwing Manufacturing Company was founded in Rockford, Illinois, in 1923 by Swedish immigrant Ernest O. Estwing…