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 »

Winter Sale Final Days

Hurry before sales end on March 31st!

All of our manufacturers handle their promotional items/seasons differently, but they all remain pretty tight lipped about when the sales are ending and new ones (fingers crossed) will begin. Rest assured not all the same items from Wera and Wiha will remain on sale beginning April 1st. Take advantage of great deals from Wera and Wiha now!

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Color Coded L-Keys Trending on Social Media

Color Coded L-Keys from Wiha & Wera

Proudly distributed by KC Tool

Some of our hottest selling products are the color coded L-keys manufactured by both Wiha and Wera in Germany and the Czech Republic respectively. These L-keys are a combination of strength, craftsmanship, and color. The strength and craftsmanship of Wiha and Wera products aren’t new. However, the color coding of L-keys is relatively new, and they are becoming more and more popular. The color coding allows for instantaneous recognition of L-key size as well as being easy to locate in a crowded tool box or bag. Banish your old L-keys and try these color coded L-keys from Wiha and Wera today!

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Red Bull Racing Tool Sets Made by Wera

Exciting news out of Wera this week.  They were proud to announce that they have partnered with Red Bull Racing.  They are one of the top teams in Formula One racing led by Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.  Red Bull Racing and Wera both have a record of branching out of their respective industries norms (i.e. Wera’s Advent Calendar, Wera Tool Rebels slogan, Red Bull’s Flugtag, New York Red Bulls MLS soccer team etc…) which makes this pairing so very cool.

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Wera Advent Calendar Last Chance

Last chance to get the Wera Advent calendar. We just got our last pallet of them a few days ago, with no ability to resupply. These limited edition, collector’s item calendars are selling ridiculously fast. We predict to sell out within a week. The Wera red and black screwdrivers are a limited edition, exclusive to this Advent calendar. KC Tool is the only place stateside you can find them. Order Now!

Purchased separately these tools* would cost $137.49 but were selling the Advent calendar for just $68.00. Here is what you’ll get:

Thanks for being a KC Tool customer. We hope these advent Calendars bring some extra joy to your Christmas.

*listed are Wera equivalents due to Advent exclusives

Christmas Gift Tool Ideas

Seems like Christmas (or preparation for Christmas) gets earlier and earlier each year. My wife and I went to pick out Christmas trees at Lowe’s last night. I am very much a Scrooge, but she adores the Christmas season. She was asking me before Halloween if we could hang Christmas lights. At the time I resisted, saying; “We have to wait for after Thanksgiving”. My reasoning to her is that each season needs its proper time and respect. That was a lie, I was just trying to delay the inevitable. She wore me down over the last two weeks. Finally, after the Chiefs late win over the Panthers, I was feeling especially buoyant (and vulnerable). I gave in. We bought a tree. We did compromise on the size of tree though (moral victory). She was looking for a gigantic 12’ artificial tree. I was hoping for a small fern. Instead, we got a 3’ tall Norfolk Island Pine which is probably around 6 months old. I have read they can grow to over 200 ft tall…which could be a huge problem.  I will have to keep it pruned up to keep it inside.  The name implies it is a pine tree but it isn’t, it is a weird Araucariaceae from the sub-tropical island of Norfolk which is way the hell out near Australia.  I was disappointed to find that it is going to have to stay in the house in a large pot because it doesn’t like cold weather. Oh well…would have looked perfect in the backyard. Minor drawback.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it alive for several Christmas seasons.   It should be almost perfect: it isn’t going to be too big, isn’t going to shed needles, and I can care for it after the season. I have a green thumb in addition to being a German Hand Tool aficionado. Cross your fingers that I made a good move…

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We at KC Tool decided to get in on the early Christmas action too. We have a new section on our website designated “Gift Ideas”. These are some of our favorites and some of our best sellers. Many of these are already on sale, limited supply offers (Wera Advent Calendar and the Kraftform Kompakt Christmas), or hard to get items. If there are other items, you think would make great gift ideas give us a heads up below in the comments section. Take a look and remember to wish list your items for your loved ones to purchase for you early to beat the Christmas rush.

The Fall Classic Sale

Whether you are an engineer working on a self-driving car prototype, a blue collar professional, or a DIY’er; we are here with the right German engineered hand tools for the job.

Save now with manufacturer’s discounts plus our 10% off coupon code* (NEWKCT) to celebrate our new website. Enjoy manufacturer discounts from great brands like Wiha, Wera, and Gedore through December 31, 2016.

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*Two uses per customer only. Valid only through October 31, 2016.