Maybe you have heard of Knipex hand tools and know the Pilgrim Tools type of quality tools this German based company produces. For those of you that aren’t yet acquainted with Knipex tools, take a minute and read this short article on why this company should deserve some consideration the next time you’re in the market for cutters and pliers.
The first thing that you should know about Knipex hand tools is that the company has been in business for almost 130 years. Yes indeed, you did read that right, almost 130 years making tools. Now if that doesn’t give you a good idea about the quality they produce, then nothing probably will. With the amount of fierce competition that has always existed in the tool market, any company that has survived for that length of time must be doing something right.
Knipex hand tools were first produced way back in 1882 in a small workshop in Wuppertal, Germany. The original company consisted of Carl Gustav Putsch, the founder, who had just completed apprenticing as a blacksmith with his father but wanted to have a business of his own. It was Carl and 2 journeyman who first starting producing quality tools at the blistering pace of about 60 pieces a day.
The original idea behind Knipex tools was to concentrate on quality versus quantity. The second idea was to become a company know for specializing in certain types of tools. The original Knipex consisted of only 2 products. They produced carpenter pincers and farrier pincers. Oh, just in case you didn’t know, back then a farrier was they guy who did the shoeing of the local horses. As this brand of tools started to become associated with high quality standards and durability, what started out as small 3 man operation soon started to grow. Needless to say, Knipex now operates a state of the art production facility in Wuppertal and is still family owned and operated.
Unlike many companies who experience success, Knipex has stayed true to the core ideals of its founder. Knipex hand tools are now being used in over 100 countries and the company continues to grow and flourish.
In fact, the full line of Knipex tools can pretty much be summed up in two words. Cutters and pliers. Granted, in each of those categories you have a large variety of hand tools, but the point being made is that the company still believes in being specialists in one certain area of tools. And quite frankly, they have succeeded quite well sticking to that philosophy. Knipex hand tools are known in professional circles as tools that perform with the utmost of ease every single time.