The Zippo timeline begins in the early 1930s, at the Bradford Country Club in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Mr. Blaisdell watched a friend awkwardly using a cumbersome Austrian-made lighter. The lighter worked well, even in the wind, due to the design of the chimney. But its appearance was utilitarian. Its use required two hands, and its thin metal surface dented easily.
Late in 1932, he decided to refashion the Austrian lighter. Mr. Blaisdell fabricated a rectangular case and attached the top of the lighter to the case with a hinge. He retained the chimney design which protected the flame under adverse conditions. The result was a lighter that looked good and was easy to operate. The first Zippo lighter, currently displayed at the Zippo/Case Museum in Bradford, was produced in early 1933 and sold for $ 1.95 each. And, from the very beginning, they were backed by Mr. Blaisdell’s unconditional lifetime guarantee – “It works or we fix it free. :tm:” The name “Zippo” was created by Mr. Blaisdell. He liked the sound of the word “zipper” so he formed different variations of the word and settled on “Zippo,” deciding that it had a “modern” sound.
THE ORIGINAL. SINCE 1908.
Born in Switzerland over 100 years ago, SIGG today refreshes the world with stunning design and excellent quality. Its Swiss Made, reusable aluminium bottles are much more than drinking vessels. They are artists’ canvases with some masterpieces earning a place in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Their light weight and practicality qualify them as vital equipment for adrenalin-hungry mountaineers. At lower altitudes, film stars and super models confirm their status as a ‘must-have’ lifestyle accessory. And with 100% recyclability designs, continual innovation and products for all ages and tastes, SIGG proves it has a real thirst for tomorrow…
ONE MAN'S ABIDING COMMITMENT
Every flashlight made by Mag Instrument, Inc., represents one man’s abiding commitment to product quality, and to the cause of keeping flashlight-industry manufacturing jobs in America.
A champion of free enterprise and U.S.-based manufacturing, Anthony Maglica is the president of Mag Instrument, Inc. and the creator of the MAGLITE:registered: flashlight, now an icon of classic American design.
Armed with only his talent, his determination and his reverence for hard work, Tony Maglica set out in pursuit of the American Dream when he founded Mag Instrument in 1955. When he went on to design and manufacture a product that revolutionized an industry, he realized that Dream in full. In his ongoing pursuit of innovative technology, quality products, design and the customer service to back them up, Mr. Maglica has found a strategy that not only creates worldwide demand for his own company’s products, but can also, he believes, help other American companies to build worldwide demand for their products while preserving American manufacturing jobs.
PB Swiss Tools
The success story began in 1878 in Wasen in the Swiss Emmental. Back then, the forge produced nose rings for the restraint of steers, but also whisks for the army and mouse traps for farmers. In 1916, the founder of the company, Paul Baumann, took over the forge and established the family-owned company PB Baumann GmbH. It has been producing tools since 1940. The renowned first screwdriver with the red transparent handle was developed by Max Baumann Sr. It is still a component of our product range today which we have been exporting successfully for 60 years now. Today, the pros of the industry and the do-it-yourselfers in mode than 70 countries select our premium tools.
Since 2011, we have been expanding the diversification of our assortment with medical instruments: OPERACE, the new instruments for removing metal, ensure gentle surgical procedures, short operating and recovery times.
Out here in Oregon, we're used to getting things done - you could call it our pioneering spirit. It's just how we do things. It's the reason Tim Leatherman built his first multi-purpose tool, and why Leatherman Tool Group has made a promise to our community to stay local. Why? Well, we're proud to support U.S. workers who are dedicated to the quality craftsmanship that goes into each of our original American multi-tools, just like our founder. After spending his childhood in Oregon, Tim Leatherman stayed local and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. Time spent traveling abroad - which included staying at hostels and driving an untrustworthy $300 Fiat - convinced Tim of the need for a pliers based, multi-purpose tool. "I was carrying an old Boy Scout-type knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to making adjustments to the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!"
At Princeton Tec, we've been pioneering new technologies and building lights since 1975. And yes, you could say it's been quite a ride. In our pursuit to be the world's best, we've travelled the earth by ocean, by air, by bike and by foot. We've consulted great athletes, scaled mountains, traversed the poles, touched the ocean floors and rolled two wheels on every continent. We are constantly inspired by what our ever evolving environments have to offer and the human spirit that challenges us to tackle them. This spirit, our spirit, motivates us to push technology and design, so that we can ensure that you have, not only the best lighting solutions, but solutions where technology is applied and the performance makes sense for how you use them.
Made in Germany is not just lip service, but a labor of love for us: the PAC Original multifunctional scarves are manufactured in Germany, even though today is generated virtually no clothing more in Germany. While Germany formerly part of the world's one of the most important textile suppliers, its significance has since the early 1960s, driven by the strong competition from the Far East by the prevailing low wages - strongly decreased.
EDELRID was founded by Julius EDELmann and Carl RIDder in 1863. At first, the company made braids and cords. Julius Edelmann was a salesman and mountaineer, Carl Ridder a technician, who specialised in braiding machines. The faces might have changed over the years but EDELRID remains an innovative and creative company to this day. In 1953 EDELRID invented the kernmantel rope and revolutionised the world of climbing. Materials and production techniques were constantly improved and then 11 years later, EDELRID produced a rope capable of withstanding multiple falls – the forerunner of the modern dynamic climbing rope. Climbing has never looked back since.