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!

Andresic6sic said...

Man, I have a Belzer catalog from the 60's!. Beautiful!.

Jenő Kozlowski said...

It is incredible how little information is available online about Belzer tools. The only catalog available online is from1967.

There is a Belzer tool chest for sale over here, in a pretty bad condition with some modifications on it. I wanted to check if the painting, the handles or the badges are original, but no chance.

Anonymous said...

I had an old open wrench tool with brand name "ELITOOL" with Made in Philippines and this is where I got my attention with Belzer brand tools and found out that ELITOOL Philippines and BELZER Germany were business partners during early 70's .- Until now my open wrench is still working and really tough quality and found this brand in Singapore and Thailand this brand is being sell until now.."ELITOOL" by the way is a member of Elizalde Group of Companies owned by a Filipino.

Mister G said...

Thanks for the info!

Borisvd99 said...

I have a Belzer catalog from 1957 it also features Itma in the back of the catalog. If some of you are interested I could scan it all in and upload it somewhere for you all to see. I also have a ever growing collection of Belzer tools. I live in The Netherlands and am very lucky. There are a lot of belzer tools available on the second-hand market.

bluenouveau said...

I would love a scan of the 1957 catalog,

Borisvd99 said...

After a day of scanning i proudly present to you the catalog. You can view it using this link to my google drive.

Have fun!

Mister G said...

Fabulous! Thank you very much!

Pan Umberto said...

I am just visiting Vienna for 3 days and by chance I found and I bought Belzer-Motor No 4006F adjustable wrench. In a very good condition, just for 5 EUR.I am so happy.
I am collecting 6in adjustable wrenches and it is a nice addition to my collection.

Anonymous said...

Hello , i have tried the link , it says file does not exist , can you please re upload it thanks

Mister G said...

Hmmm, I just tried it, the link worked for me. Try again?

Mister G said...

send me your email address and I'll and you a copy.

Borisvd99 said...

It's nice to hear there is so much interest in the Belzer Catalogue.
In the meantime, the 1957 catalogue (that has been previously linked to a Google Drive) is uploaded on the Internet Archive site.
You can find the link below.

I have a much larger collection of Belzer Catalogue's, Price lists, Flyers, Stickers, (NOS) Tools and all sorts of other things.
The papers date from as early as ~1935 and the latest is 2008. In-between are much more dates. Like:
-DWU, Dowidat-Belzer, 1978, catalogue + price list.
-Ergoline release, 1985
-Kraftwerk, ~1960's
-Pricelists from almost every year ~1960-1980

I am all for sharing the passion for Belzer, but I have a few questions that maybe someone can help me with.

— Is there a better Site/Way I can send media and other info with forum like communication. Possibly Reddit, Internet Archive?

— How can I scan the papers that are bound in an effective and efficient manner?
The 1957 catalogue was the only bookwork that was hold together with screws. Almost all the other papers are bound.

* I found some “tabletop” scanners, but the reviews say the scans are not high quality.
* I also found zero-edge scanners link the: iVina FB6080E
See YouTube link for a video about it.

Please let me know if you have some tips for me. Either in this forum or by mail.