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“Another trend is to make tools
smaller and lighter while maintain-
ing or even improving strength and
Regarding new entries to the hand-
tool market, Buckert said that reputable
companies look at ways to expand and
grow their businesses.
“It’s no surprise to see companies
known as experts in a category try to
leverage that expertise in adjacent prod-
uct categories,” he said. “However, no
matter how good the company is, there
is a learning curve when entering into
new markets. The leaders of the hand-
tool market have had years, decades, even
centuries of experience benchmarking,
testing and experimenting new ways to
improve the performance of their prod-
ucts, and there is no way for a newcomer
to have this knowledge or expertise. A
professional company is able to provide
service, availability and the look of a lead-
ing product, but the true professionals
will most certainly see differences in per-
formance, quality and durability because
category leadership is in the details.
“Professional electricians tend to be
brand- and product-loyal. Often, there
is minimal impact from newcomers
because a product needs to be proven
in the industry before professionals can
rely on it,” Buckert said.
Alan Sipe, president, Knipex Tools,
said: “Improvements in the ability of
tools to perform their function faster
and easier are the drivers of today’s best
“The basic use for many hand tools has
not changed much since their invention,
but there have been and continue to be
major improvements in quality, ability to
perform and user comfort. For instance,
pliers started with bare handles and then
improved when dipped. Plastisol-type
handles were developed. Most quality
pliers are available with single or dual-
material comfort grip handles providing
a firmer and more comfortable grip.
“Pump pliers with a simple arc joint
have improved dramatically. The best
jaws are now hexagonal-shaped, letting
the user securely grip any shaped item.
The best styles now are adjusted and set
with a push button for a secure setting.
These tools have 30 percent more capac-
ity than similar ‘old-style’ tools.
“We are also seeing a huge demand for
new, high-quality tools in miniature sizes.
Industrial and commercial equipment is
getting smaller and more efficient, and
technicians need to have great tools to get
into tight spaces and fix things. Another
optional improvement over the years is
the availability of insulated handles to
help protect users from electric shock.
Channellock XLT (Xtreme
Leverage Technology) pliers
Klein’s Switch Drive handle systems facilitates alternating between
power and hand tools.
Knipex Cobra QuickSet
water pump pliers