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 »

Hazet Tools Now in Stock

KC Tool is pleased to announce that Hazet has joined the family of German Tool brands that we distribute. Hazet is one of the finest tool brands in the world. Adding Hazet helps to round out our product offering especially in their automotive, industrial, and aerospace markets.

The partnership of great product with great customer experience is ingrained in our company DNA. From day one, we have sought to deliver the best German tools at great prices, on time, every time. Whether you are a multi-million dollar a year business or just a DIY tinkerer you will be treated fairly and courteously – every time. 

Bulk/Wholesale pricing available.

The World Famous Hazet Tool Trolley Assistent

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Hazet Announcement now at KC Tool

Hazet coming soon to KC Tool!

KC Tool is proud to present Hazet as our newest German hand tool manufacturer!

Many of you are probably already well aware of the Hazet German hand tool brand, especially if you are a Volkswagen or Porsche aficionado. Hazet’s association with these premier automakers have lasted decades.

Hazet was founded by Hermann Zerver in Remscheid, Germany in 1868. Ha-Zet came from a shorting of his first and last name. The company has continued to grow in the last 150 years but still maintains its family ties with the 4th and 5th generation (Hermann Jochen Zerver and Matthias J. Hoffmann, respectively) of Herman Zerver still running the company.

Hazet offers a full range of hand tools as well as a variety of specialty tools including automotive (like mentioned above), industrial, automation and aerospace. We are really excited to strengthen our existing industrial and automotive lines, with the addition of Hazet. It seems a natural fit in amongst our other outstanding brands. Some of the tools Hazet is most famous for are their tool trolleys: the “Assistent” series of tools (image below).

We will start carrying a full complement of Hazet tools starting the third week of March. Please keep your eye on our website. But if you need a reminder we will give you a heads up email to let you know when they are in stock!Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.32.34 AM.jpg