Category Archives: Irwin

Stanley Buy Newell’s Irwin & Lenox for $1.95 Billion

Stanley Aquires Lenox Irwin

The giant conglomerate that is Newell manages a ton of different brands which include Irwin, Lenox and Hilmor under their tool division but also Graco Car Seats and Yankee Candles and many many more. We are guessing it is hard to effectively cover so much ground and at nearly $2 billion this is not chump change. Stanley, Black & Decker obviously does well in the tool space so this is a smart acquisition for them picking up a good portion of saw blade market with Lenox and a good chunk of the hand tool market with Irwin. Investor reports are saying cost savings (combining management and manufacturing) could be up to $90 million in the next 3 years. (more…)

At 1:41 PM | Posted in DeWalt Tools, Irwin, Lenox Tools, Stanley Black & Decker | 1 Comment

Happy Tradesmen Day 2014

We aren’t suggesting you need to send out any flowers today and we do acknowledge it is a completely made up holiday. That being so we are happy to support the effort to raises awareness and appreciation for the hard work done everyday by the great men and women who continue to built this country.


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Happy National Tradesman Day – September 20, 2013

National Tradesman Day 2013

If you didn’t already know today is National Tradesman Day! While this is sort of a made up holiday by the Irwin Tool company we couldn’t be more on board with showing some respect and gratitude to all the men and women who have built all the offices we work in, road we drive on and homes we raise our families in. If you have a chance today thank a tradesmen for all their hard work!

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Irwin’s New FK Series Folding Utility Knives with BladeLock Technology

Irwin Utility Knives

We’ve done several utility knife comparison posts including: 1) Utility Knife Showdown 2) Utility Knife Showdown 2 – Irwin Strikes Back 3) Return of the Utility Knife – The Final Showdown but of course the trilogy didn’t die there as we also had the launch of the Milwaukee Fastback 2 and now the new FK Irwin Series. Time to accept the utility knife will continue to evolve and we will do our best to keep up to date. (more…)

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Circular Saw Blade Showdown – DeWalt, Freud, Bosch, Irwin

Right off the bat we will be the first to say this test and most others we have read on circular saw blades are pretty flawed. To do it right we would love to take off a week of work and do nothing but cut stuff morning, noon and night. Say 20 of each blade that we could use until they went completely dull ina variety of materials 2”x4” pine, chipboard, shingles on plywood and a test with a nail every 100ft. We would then make a grid and score each blade by application, that way a roofer could judge what is most important to them while framers could see what they care about. In real life for most applications people are not as hard on blades as we have seen in testing so it would be great to get an idea how these blades would handle in several different real world environments. You unfortunately aren’t going to read that here, we have instead put these blades through one of the most abusive test we could think up because of limited time and resources.


At 3:07 PM | Posted in Bosch, DeWalt Tools, Freud / Diablo, Irwin | 7 Comments

Friday 9/16 is National Tradesmen Day, Coptool Says Thanks!

We would like to show our support and give the first 10 Tradesmen, a FREE Irwin Vise Grip and Tradesmen Day tee shirt (shown above on the beautiful Ashley). For tradesman, simply say thanks to a fellow tradesman who mentored you early in your career with a short thank you post on our Facebook page. First 10 who post (that live in continental US) will get a free Irwin prize pack sent to them.

We couldn’t be happier to show our support to the cause! Below are some other National Tradesmen Day messages from Ross Porter, Irwin Tool president along with the one and only Mike Rowe. For more information about National Tradesmen Day, visit:


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Irwin Tools at NYSE Opening Bell to Celebrate Tradesman Day


Yesterday Irwin Tools and the 2010 North American Ultimate Tradesman champ, Delwyn Thornton were in New York to ring the opening bell on the NYSE. This is a pretty big event and nice to see a little recognition for a tool brand. It looks like Irwin is planning events all month long leading up to Friday, September 16, 2011 which will mark the first ever celebration of “National Tradesman Day”.

Typically we would not be in favor of made-up holidays but in this case we are happy to be supportive as Tradesman in general certainly deserve much more honor and recognition than they get.  Check out the Irwin press release below for more info and check back with us soon, as we do have a few things planned to show our support for Tradesman everywhere.


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Return of the Utility Knife… The Final Showdown


Well several months back we took a modest selection of 5 utility knives and compared a few common features in the original Utility Knife Showdown. However just after that launch Irwin launched several new knives that brought some interesting new features to the table as well as some very trade specific knives so we did the follow up Showdown 2 – Irwin Strikes Back. Not wanting to be left out of the party the Stanley Group sent over 3 additional knives from Stanley, DeWalt & Bostitch. At this point we feel it is safe to say we can do a pretty robust comparison with a good majority of the utility knives you will find in the market, in all we narrowed it down to 8 finalists with a good mix of unique features.


At 9:01 AM | Posted in Bostitch, CH Hanson, DeWalt Tools, Hand Tools, Irwin, Milwaukee, Stanley Black & Decker | 4 Comments

IRWIN Awards SkillsUSA Winners with Ultimate NASCAR Race Experience

IRWIN Tools has been a long-time sponsor of the SkillsUSA National Championship held last week in Kansas City. To celebrate the success of 2011 SkillsUSA Automotive Service Technology competition high school and college winners, IRWIN HANSON has awarded Michael Mullin of San Luis Obispo, Calif. and Adam Minihan of Laconia, N.H. with the Ultimate NASCAR Race Experience. Both students will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with legendary NASCAR crew chief, Jeff Hammond, as well as a NASCAR pit crew August 25-28 during the 2011 IRWIN Tools Night Race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

To hear Jeff Hammond discuss the SkillsUSA success in Kansas City check out the YouTube video below.

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Irwin Vise-Grip vs CH Hanson Automatic 10” Locking Pliers


From time to time here at Coptool World Headquarter we receive some interesting marketing for new power tools, accessories and hand tools. From miniature “Heavy Metal” guitars to Sawzall blades with our name on them we do enjoy a little flair when launching a new product. CH Hanson sent us a nice simple package which we thought was very well put together, it included their 10” Automatic 10CJ pliers as well as “The Original” 10” Irwin 10WR in addition to a stopwatch and steel plate with 2 nuts welded to it. The message was 7x faster, 2x stronger and 100% easier. We also threw another horse in the race with the latest vise-grip from Irwin 10CR which has slightly different grip geometry but for the most part very similar, here are our thoughts.    


At 9:44 AM | Posted in CH Hanson, Irwin | 2 Comments