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Posted on:June 26, 2013

Can you believe that a 109-year-old pair of pliers can still work just as well as the day it was manufactured?  I had the opportunity to handle the winning pair of pliers in our Oldest Pliers contest and was in awe at the way they smoothly operated, just as Kleins do today.  I still can’t get over the fact that there are working Klein pliers that are over 100 years old.  Just holding a piece of history that old in my hand was enough to send shivers down my spine.  It’s fascinating to think about who the original owner was and what projects the pliers may have worked on.  With a vintage pair of pliers it would make sense to just hold onto them as a collector’s item, but if they were mine I wouldn’t be able to help myself, I’d have to put them to use. 

Posted on:June 24, 2013

Knowing your work environment and surroundings is an essential part of every tradesman’s daily work experience.  On a recent jobsite visit one of our field specialists met with Voice-Data-Video technicians who were installing a large cable to provide antenna signals within a hospital.  To ensure a clean environment, the tradesmen had to work inside of small tents no larger than their ladders. The tents had been taped to the floor and ceiling, only allowing access through a zipper door in order to seal them off from the rest of the facility.  The cable was brought in on a large reel which also needed to be installed in a tent before being mounted into a cable tray in the ceiling.  Even though this installation was being performed in a ceiling area, maintaining a clean work environment was crucial to ensure the job was completed to its fullest potential.  Any type of contamination (dust, dirt, particles, etc.) can have a negative impact on whatever environment you’re working in.

Posted on:June 18, 2013

Klein Tools Canvas Tools Bags have held up for decades as a definitive representation of the quality and durability of the Klein brand. The minimalistic design featuring stitched and riveted leather handles, heavy duty natural canvas and a moisture-resistant vinyl bottom has allowed these tool bags to be durable and dependable for multiple generations of users. That is what Klein Tools Canvas Tool Bags represent: reliability and simplicity woven into one.  Some of the greatest things in life are the ones that you don't have to think about, products that have a day-in, day-out dependability that sometimes goes unnoticed. 

What may also go unnoticed are the classic good looks these tool bags possess. Whether it's the leather accents, the clean color arrangements, or the lineman's logo proudly and prominently placed front and center, there is something about these canvas bags that reminds me of a classic football helmet that you admire, even if it isn't the team you root for.

Posted on:June 12, 2013

tanto lockback knife klein toolsThe pocket knife is a tool most of us have gone our entire lives enamored with.  The first folding-blades were made by craftsmen in pre-Roman era Spain and since then this ingenious invention has been pocketed by countless knife enthusiasts.  I remember my first pocket blade, a Swiss Army knife my dad gave me on an Indian Guides camping trip.  There isn’t much use for a pocket knife in an 8-year-old's life, but whittling away at sticks and turning them into spears never got old.  

Posted on:June 3, 2013

demolition screwdrivers

We’ve all done it.  You need a quick chisel and instead of digging around for the right tool, you grab a hammer and pound on the back of your screwdriver to get the job done.  Or maybe you need to bang out a knockout in a junction box and your screwdriver is the easiest option.  Even more frequently are the times when you need to pry something open and your screwdriver head provides the perfect solution.  The only problem is, most screwdrivers cannot hold up over time to this kind of use. 

Posted on:June 3, 2013

camouflage side cutting pliers

If you love camouflage, or just love your country, you need to get over to your local electrical distributor as soon as possible to make sure you can buy a pair of the new Klein Tools Camouflage Side-Cutting Pliers before they sell out.  This is a limited edition tool, so go get your camo pliers before they’re gone for good.  Seriously, stop reading and click this link immediately to find your local distributor.  To support our troops Klein Tools is donating $25,000 this year to Operation Homefront, an organization with a mission to support service members and their families in need of immediate help. 

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