How To Remove Anti-Theft Ratchet and Socket Tags

If you have ever bought a high-end ratchet or socket, such as a Wera Zyklop, you may have gotten the tool and sat perplexed for hours staring at it, wondering how to get the dang thing out of the package. I hear ya loud and clear. It is easy to overlook the tiny picture of a pair of snips on the packaging, but that is the only way you are going to get these puppies out of their cage and into the toolbox. There are notches on both socket and ratchet packages that are meant to be cut off to release the tool.Read More »

Introducing Staff Pick Screwdriver Sets!

We at KC Tool spend all day with the great German tools you have come to know and love. We also have very different opinions and aren’t afraid to voice them. Our weekly meetings always go way over the time allotted. For a while, I personally was the butt of the joke because I called a special meeting about a specific YouTube video we were working on and the meeting took two hours because we all had different views on it. For as long as that freakin’ meeting was, it was great that we work in an environment that welcomes opposing viewpoints and allows us to share them without prosecution.

Now those opinions are on full display. Read More »

We Are Self Conscious About Our Great Reviews

At KC Tool, we are proud of all the great reviews we get. That said, our products very rarely get a bad review. When we browse our own website and see that nearly all our tools have five-star reviews, we feel self-conscious that it appears fake. How could we have all stellar reviews? I don’t recall any other websites where all their products have four and five star reviews. With all the five-star reviews on our website, one might get suspicious and think that we are doctoring the numbers, so-to-speak. We aren’t, we promise.Read More »

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 »

Hold On To Your Bolts! (and screws and nuts and….)

Some tools are truly utilitarian like hammers, screwdrivers, and ratchets. Some tools are uber-specific. There are tools for protection, for grabbing, for seeing, for oiling, and for just looking cool. Then there are those certain tools that make your life just a bit easier and specifically in this case, tools that HOLD things. Now I don’t mean clamps, vices, and the like, I mean holding the small things that can get lost in the machine or the carpet. Some of our loved German tool brands make grippers, magnets, and adapters to secure fasteners to our tools as we are working. Let’s look at some.Read More »