Located 25 miles NE of KC Tool in downtown Kansas City is Harry J Epstein Co who focuses on Made in the USA tools. Epstein’s has been in business since 1930 and operates out of one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever been in. While I’m partial to German tools, I have found myself on more than one occasion aimlessly wandering around Epstein’s labyrinth of tools on a Saturday morning finding tools that I “need” for no reason other than “I’m sure it will come in handy someday.” So far I’ve been right!
Recently, Epstein’s began carrying the full line of current production SK Tools as mentioned here. The GarageJournal community, who have long been a fan of Epstein’s convinced them to have an “SK Day.” They will feature 5-20% off all SK Tools from September 23-24; please see the details on this thread on Garage Journal.
Growing up my father had a large collection of SK Tools and from a very early age I learned that these were quality tools and they’ve become one of my favorite brands (American or otherwise). I sold them during my tenure at another independent tool company in Kansas City and was impressed by SK’s consistency and wide selection of tools. It’s neat to see an American company doing well after having to declare bankruptcy June 2010 (SK was subsequently purchased by Ideal Industries in August 2010) and as Jori says, “…support for companies that try to operate in humane, sustainable way.”