Thursday, July 16, 2015

Vanished Tool Makers: Belzer


A pair of duckbill pliers I acquired.  Interesting that they're stamped "Finished in the U.K."  "Langbeck" is German for "long nose."  In German, "Langbeck-Flachzange" are long-nose pliers.  

Below, a Belzer Super-Block" SAE combination wrench:

Belzer  was founded in 1884 by Robert Belzer.  In 1925, the firm was the first to produce tools of chrome-vanadium steel.  At one time, it made specialty tools for Volkswagen and other European cars.  (Someone has generously uploaded a 1967 catalogue.) 

In 1975 Belzer merged with Dowidat of Wuppertal to form Germany's largest tool company:   "DWU Belzer Dowidat" ("DWU - Deutsche Werkzeug Union"). In 1988 it was bought by the Swedish toolmaker Bahco which discontinued the brand. Bahco Verktyg was then swallowed by Sandvik in 1991.  In 1999, Sanvik sold its saw and tool business to Snap-On Inc. of Kenosha, which had previously acquired the Spanish tool maker Herramientas Eurotools S.A.  The new company was renamed Bahco Group AB, but in 2005 the Swedish and Spanish companies were combined into SNA Europe, headquartered in Paris, France.  Bahco is the company's premium brand.


Unknown said...

I remember the Belzer truck pulling up to the shop, the only thing that made Snap-On truck seem cheap! They had all the best specialty tools though and at a Porsche specialty shop many were "must have" tools

Geoffrey Dawe said...

I still have Belzer tools that I bought over 50 years ago! Treat them right and they will reciprocate!