Hammer Your Way Out Of Winter!

This has been a harsh winter. Every week it’s another story of epic snowfall amounts. Beat the winter blues! Literally! With a new high-quality German hammer. For the month of March, hammers at KC Tool are an extra 15% off using coupon code:

HAMMER15

From Wiha mallets to Gedore engineers’ hammers, there are a ton of options. Even specialty hammers like the Hazet bumping mallet or the Stahlwille embossing hammer are included (and yes, the Wera Koloss is considered a hammer, so use that coupon!) Shop hammers at KC Tool right now!

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KC Tool Precision Stands Back In Stock!

Good things come to those who wait! It has been months since they were in stock, but we are happy to announce that the KC Tool bench top stands for precision tools are again available for purchase. For those of you who don’t know, a few years back KC Tool set out to make a precision screwdriver stand that was simple and affordable, without sacrificing quality. We did just that, making it the ideal stand for a wide range of screwdriver brands including Wiha, Gedore, Witte and more.
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KC Tool Visits Gedore in Charleston, SC

This past weekend a group of us at KC Tool were treated to a weekend on the town in Charleston, South Carolina. Gedore Tools is based in the “The Holy City” and they wanted to show us a good time by flying us out to see Gedore Headquarters, among other hot spots on the Charleston scene. We were enamored by Charleston’s beauty, history and charm. We were also in awe of some VERY big wrenches! Many thanks to Gedore for a fun weekend! Check out the photos below to see how the weekend looked.

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Building A Tube Headphone Amp, A Learning Experience

I’m a music junkie – I’ll freely admit it. And I’ll also admit that I’m old school. I love listening on the couch, in a “sweet spot” perfectly situated between the two speakers. When I reached a point of owning my own house I was ready to invest in a decent way to play my music – and I quickly found out how much this could cost. However, I also discovered whole groups of folks online building their own equipment, experimenting and tweaking. I also discovered that this could cost a whole lot less! Being a tinkerer by nature, I was hooked, and by the time I was done I had built a tube preamplifier, solid state amplifier and speakers, tweaking parts and wringing the best sound out of components I had built myself.

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Torx Screws, Torx Tools Available at KC Tool

A Brief Guide to Torx and Its (Many) Variations

­­We have discussed previously on this blog about the highly specific “Pentalobe” screw head and the tools used in conjunction. The Pentalobe shape is a relatively new invention compared to one its cousins, the Hexalobular screw, which many people call a star or Torx. Torx is actually a trademark of Camcar Textron, so the use of its name is another example of genericized trademark, like we use the term Allen Wrench for Hex Keys.Read More »

Ball-End Hex Tools: A Guide

Hex Key, Allen Wrench, L-Key, no matter what name you call it, if you have ever assembled anything you have probably used one. You can get them in Metric or SAE and they come in all kinds of sizes, from the tiny .028 inch to massive one inch. They are commonly used for furniture assembly because they are cheap to manufacture and can be tossed in the box for the customer to use (evidently they are like paperclips at IKEA and they will give you one if you ask nicely).

We have grown so accustomed to getting free L-keys in our furniture boxes that we take for granted the inferior quality of them and are very likely just to throw the tool away with the plastic bag it came in when we’re done. As any reader of this blog should know though, we buy good quality tools and demand only the best, so why use that freebie in the first place? A good set of L-keys will last you decades without showing wear and tear. But there is one big advantage to buying a quality set of L-keys and that’s the ball end.Read More »

What is a DIN number?

There are various sets of standards in the tool world.  In America we have The American National Standards Institute or ANSI for short.  On a global level, there is the International Organization for Standardization, or ISO.  Since this is a blog about specifically German made tools we will look at the German version: DIN.

DIN stands for Deutsches Institut Für Normung or German Institute for Standardization in English.  They have been operating for literally 100 years and have always been highly regarded in the standards community.  Though the name implies an exclusively German operation, the DIN standards have been adopted across the world and influenced many other standards organizations including the ISO.  The best example of this is the DIN standard 476 from 1922 introducing the A sizes of paper which would later become ISO 216 in 1975.Read More »

Spotlight on Gedore’s TL Series

Gedore has released (to the States) a series pliers designated the TL series. Gedore’s TL (or dipped handle) series provides an inexpensive alternative to the flagship JC (or 2-component handle) series. The JC series still lead the way in Gedore’s pliers’ series, but there is great value in having options.

I love this decision from Gedore to release this series to the US. We are always pleading with all of our German manufacturers to release more product to the US (especially lower cost options). This is an awesome step from Gedore for us and our customers.

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