In 1882, Carl Gustav Putsch founded a small forge, making pliers in Cronenberg, Germany. With the assistance of two apprentices, he forged carpenters' and farriers' pliers by hand in his cellar. Twelve years later, he installed a drop hammer in the house, which shook every time the hammer struck. The hammer was soon moved to a neighbouring shed.
|Source: Knipex online museum|
Today, the company is the world's leading brand for pliers. They maintain a museum in Wuppertal, samples from which can be viewed online. Some examples below.