A Few New Knipex Items …

New for 2016 – Knipex 91 13 250 Tile Breaking Pliers

Knipex recently introduced a number of new products in Europe that are beginning to make their way to the North American market.  One of the most interesting designs in my opinion is the new Knipex 91 13 250 Tile Breaking Pliers which is essentially a 10″ Pliers Wrench with a specialized soft plastic jaw (replaceable) to aide in breaking tiles and/or porcelain stoneware (after scoring with a tile cutter).

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Ancient German Tools Discovered

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New research suggests intricately carved ivory tools recovered from a cave in Germany were used to make rope 40,000 years ago. Photo by University of Tübingen

We often get phone calls or emails asking us to help identify old tools.  In fact, it’s not that uncommon to see tools stamped with “West Germany” or “W. Germany” as was commonplace prior to the reunification of Germany.  One tool we have not seen is anything made out of bone or animal remains.

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The New Wera Zyklop Hybrid & Update on New Wera Tools

Zyklop Hybrid Wera Ratchet 1/2"
Picture courtesy of QFaktor Spring 2016 Newsletter PDF (link below)

Wera introduced a lot of new tools and new features for existing tools at the International Hardware Show earlier this month in Cologne, Germany.  If you are a Wera fan (#toolrebels) then you will be glad to know after 5 years of waiting for an updated catalog, Wera has finally released a new catalog containing all of the new products they released over the last few years (Joker Wrenches, Color coded L-Key sets, etc.) as well as items introduced earlier this month such as the Zyklop Hybrid 1/2″ drive ratchet (pictured above).

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Say Goodbye to Wiha Dynamic Grip Screwdrivers

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I’m truly bummed to hear that Wiha USA is no longer selling the Dynamic grip (aka Dynamic Handle) screwdrivers. As of this writing, they have only a few sets left and no individual drivers up for sale.  At KC Tool, we also have some sets and a some individual drivers left in stock but when they are gone that will be the end of them in the U.S.  This was the only full size screwdriver we offered that had a rotating cap and extremely tapered handle and there are certain tasks where these features really come in handy. It’s unlikely I will ever be able to wear mine out but you know how tools tend to grow legs.  I’ll have to really keep an eye on them.

I tried to plead with Wiha USA to keep them for sale in the States and even sited the multiple great reviews our customers have left on our website like this one from David P.

“This line of screwdrivers have a great handle that doesn’t collect dirt as bad as the rubberized kind, with a spinning top that fits your palm. It is my driver of choice for non-energized electrical work.”

I’m with David, these are killer for finish electrical.  They make quick work of installing or removing the long, fine pitch screws you find on switches, outlets and wall plates.

We will keep trying to convince Wiha USA to bring back the Dynamic grip screwdriver but you may want to grab a spare if we still have your favorite size in stock.

Great Deals on Wera Tools – Winter Promo 2016

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Wera has big plans for 2016 — and with the biannual International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany coming up in less than 2 months (March 6-8) look for new innovations from the leaders in ergonomics, function, and design. Pictured above is the Zyklop Speed (formerly “Zyklop”) which Wera describes as, “particularly impressive because it combines 5 types of ratchet into a single tool, and delivers the fastest working speeds.” These features result in making work simpler, and saving time. Check out the YouTube video below to see it in action.

The Zyklop Speed is available in 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ drives and carries a lifetime warranty. The pricing on the Wera Winter Promo is valid now through March 31, 2016, however, there are a few items that are valid while supplies last (details below).

  • 1/4″ Zyklop Speed – WR003500 Sale $57.99
  • 3/8″ Zyklop Speed – WR003550 Sale $64.99
  • 1/2″ Zyklop Speed – WR003600 Sale $69.99

Also featured this Winter is the Kraftform Plus 6 Piece Screwdriver set that includes 4 Slotted and 2 Phillips complete with a storage rack. This is a good all around set to buy if you have been thinking about trying Wera screwdrivers. The tops of the handles have the tip style and size indicated for easy identification. All but the smallest slotted driver feature Wera’s Lasertip technology that “bites” into the screw head that help to ensure a precise fit and reduce slippage (anti cam out).

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Wera 334/6 Kraftform Plus SL/PH Screwdriver Set + Rack – WR105650 Sale $25.99

Wera is also featuring their 8751-9/IMP DC Phillips Impaktor Bit-Check Set which includes x6 PH #2 and x3 PH #3 insert bits from their Impaktor series. This set also includes an Impaktor 1/4″ hex bit holder with retaining and ring magnet all conveniently stored in a hard plastic case. These are the bits you want to use in your heavy-duty impact driver.

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8751-9/IMP DC Phillips Impaktor Bit – Check Set – WR057686 Sale $39.99

As mentioned above, there are some items subject to availability. We have been informed that Wera plans to discontinue the two L-Key sets pictured below in late February or early March of 2016.  We hope that the reasoning behind this is that there will be better sets replacing them soon– but how can you improve on greatness? Only time will tell but based on Wera’s history of innovation and motto “Tools From Ideas” we should see some awesome new tools coming soon.  In the meantime pickup a set of these L-Keys for $27.00 each (while supplies last).

950 SPKL/9 Hex + Ball End Hex Metric L-key Clip Set – WR022088 Sale $27.00

Wera 950 SPKL/9 Hex + Ball End Hex Metric L-key Clip Set
Includes 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 8.0, and 10.0mm L-Keys in a molded storage clip.

Wera 950 SPKL/9 Hex + Ball End Hex SAE L-key Pouch Set – WR022528 Sale $27.00

Wera 950 SPKL/9 Hex + Ball End Hex SAE L-key Pouch Set
Includes 5/64″, 3/32″, 1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″, 7/32″, 1/4″, 5/16″ and 3/8″ L-Keys in a Wera velcro belt pouch. The SAE set is not available with a plastic storage clip – there was no mold ever produced for the SAE keys — due to the extraordinary costs and relatively low demand in markets outside of the USA.


New Audi Toolmaking Prints Replica 3D Car

With the advent of 3D printing in recent times Audi has raised the bar by printing the first car; an exact replica of the Silver Arrow.  Audi Toolmaking has the capability to print aluminum & steel 3D object using metallic powder as the base material.  This metallic power is 15 to 40 thousandths of a millimeter, or approximately half the diameter of a human hair.

There is going to be a special show dedicated to “Audi Toolmaking” at the upcoming Formnext exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany.  Audi plans to guide visitors through the journey of idea to end product as well as reviewing current industry trends and showcasing all that this exciting three dimensional technology has to offer.

Audi Toolmaking employees over 2,100 employees at 14 locations in nine countries.

For more information, please visit Audi’s press release which can be found here.

September Synopsis

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#4: KNIPEX 85 51 250 C | 10″ Cobra Hose Clamp Pliers for Click Clamps | Now Available at KC Tool

Top 10 List – Summer Happenings 

10.  Painting

Double Click Grey.   That was the winner when deciding what color to repaint the front office space earlier this summer.  It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do to a room.  The paint segued into various other office improvements — perhaps the most important of which was a cork dartboard.

9. Bit Bins

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Only need to buy 1 screwdriver bit?  Need to mix n’ match sizes/styles?

Most screwdriver bits come from the manufacturer in a multipack — however, KC Tool recognizes that not every consumer needs a multipack.  KC Tool subdivides manufacturer packs into individual pieces.  (ex. 10 Bit Pack $9.20 = 10 Bits @ $0.92ea)Read More »

Gedore 3550-UK2014 1/2" torque wrench

70% Off Gedore 1/2″ Drive Torque Wrench – Limited Time Only

Gedore 3550-UK2014 1/2" torque wrench
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Save over 70% off the list price of this 1/2″ drive Gedore torque wrench from now until October 31, 2015.  This torque wrench has a range of 30 – 150 ft-lbs (40-200 Nm) and has a working accuracy of +/- 3%.  It also features a powder-coated tubular steel design with a zinc-plated ratchet head and comfortable hand grip.  Each wrench comes with a factory certificate of calibration.

Gedore 2896591 Promo 2015

GEDORE brand torque control tools are warranted for twelve (12) months from date of purchase and up to 5,000 torque cycles (where after GEDORE recommends re-calibration).  Consumable Products are warranted only against defects in workmanship or materials that prevent their use. For purposes of this Warranty, Consumable Products are defined as those Products which are reasonably expected to be used up or damaged during use, including without limitation drill bits, saw and knife blades, grinding and sanding discs, knife blades, files, sensors and batteries.  This Warranty extends only to the original Customer and may not be transferred or assigned to any third party.