SOURCE: Apex Tool Group

Apex Tool Group

May 06, 2014 13:12 ET

APEX Tool Group Announces New Innovations From Crescent®, Wiss® and H.K. Porter® at 2014 National Hardware Show

Company Also Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Nicholson Brand

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - Apex Tool Group, a global hand and power tool company, unveiled today at The National Hardware Show several new professional and DIY tools from the company's leading brands, including Crescent®, Wiss® and H.K. Porter®. 

The new innovations help solve seemingly impossible problems, include intuitive features and are indispensable for professional and DIY tool users. Attendees can demo the new products, including cutting and demolition tools, in booth #6617 at The National Hardware Show.

One of the oldest brands in the Apex Tool Group family is Crescent, the brand that introduced the original adjustable wrench more than a century ago. Year after year, Crescent delivers new innovations that help get jobs done faster. At this year's show, Crescent unveils its new Bull Bar™ Deck and Siding Tool, which will be available for purchase this fall. Part of the popular Code Red™ line of demolition and remodeling tools, the Bull Bar is designed for DIYers and professional tradespeople looking for the perfect tool for deck, wood siding and/or wood floor renovations.

The innovations do not stop there. Wiss, the leader in scissors, snips and specialty trade tools, debuts its new Wiss Edge™, Wiss MaxCut™ and the reinvented professional scissors line. Wiss Edge Aviation Snips redefine performance with a total system design for increased durability, consistent control and exceptional comfort. The new blade and handle combination positions material closer to the action for optimum leverage, reducing the force needed to cut by an average of twenty percent. The Wiss MaxCut, a handy multipurpose cutter, is on display for the first time. The MaxCut appeals to a wide range of customers because it's five tools in one. The Wiss MaxCut can handle a variety of cutting tasks and also serves as a twine cutter, wire cutter, wire bender and bottle opener. With professionals in mind, Wiss reinvented its scissors line, introducing shop shears, utility shears, all-purpose scissors, and home and craft scissors. The shop shears and utility shears feature premium grade stainless steel blades and industrial-strength handles, and all provide razor-sharp cutting for the shop, home and garage. The new Wiss innovations offer strength and durability at multiple price points.

"When it comes to innovation Apex Tool Group brands set the industry standard," said Doug Laird, vice-president of hardware sales at Apex Tool Group. "Crescent, Wiss, H.K. Porter and Nicholson are all venerable brands that have withstood the test of time because of an unwavering commitment to innovation and delivering products that not only meet but exceed end users' expectations."

H.K. Porter is another popular cutting tool brand from Apex Tool Group. Professional contractors, electricians and industrial technicians will benefit from the new H.K. Porter Compact Bolt Cutters. The new tool stands up to the toughest cutting tasks and is available in three styles to suit every industrial requirement: a Straight Cutter, an Angle Cutter and a Spring Return Straight Cutter with a locking latch. In addition to induction-hardened blades that remain sharp after continued use, the new cutters have a recessed notch throat design that requires 50 percent less force to cut than standard cutting pliers.

Nicholson will celebrate its 150th anniversary by unveiling new brand colors, logo and trade dress at The National Hardware Show. The company has been manufacturing files and cutting products since 1864, and remains a dominant leader in the category in the US and around the world. National Hardware attendees are invited to celebrate this important milestone in the Apex Tool Group booth (#6617) on Tuesday, May 6 from 1pm-3pm and Wednesday, May 7 from 1pm-3pm. Visitors to the Apex Tool Group booth during the allotted times will have a chance to win a variety of branded products including t-shirts, hats, bottle openers and a commemorative Nicholson anniversary keychain. 

For more information visit the Apex Tool Group booth #6617 or online at

About Crescent:
Crescent® is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. The Crescent Tool Company introduced the original adjustable wrench in the early 1900s, which in effect replaced an entire set of dedicated-size wrenches. It quickly became and continues to be one of the most essential tools in the toolbox. In fact, Charles Lindbergh was quoted saying he carried only "gasoline, sandwiches, a bottle of water and a Crescent wrench and pliers" on his famous 1927 solo transatlantic flight. Today, the Crescent line has expanded beyond adjustable wrenches to include a wide selection of pliers, ratcheting wrenches, screwdrivers and tool sets. For more information visit

About Wiss:
Wiss® is a premier scissors, snips, and specialty trade tools brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Wiss has been the leading brand in aviation snips for over 50 years, driven by two simple principles: performance and durability. Wiss puts those same qualities into every product in its line. So no matter what Wiss tool you use, you can count on getting exceptional performance and long life. Additional information about Wiss products is available online at

About H.K. Porter
H.K. Porter® is a market-leading brand of industrial cutting products from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. The extensive H. K. Porter line of products includes manual cutters, hydraulic cutters, pneumatic cutters, and accessories. Since 1880, H. K. Porter has built an unsurpassed reputation for quality, strength, and durability. Additional information about H. K. Porter products is available online at

About Nicholson
Nicholson is a premier cutting and material removal products brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Nicholson makes files, rasps, hacksaws, and hand saws for industrial and agricultural markets worldwide. The tools are used for a broad range of applications that involve sharpening, smoothing, and cutting. Nicholson is the largest and most widely known brand of files in the world. Additional information about Nicholson® products is available online at

About Apex Tool Group:
Apex Tool Group, LLC, based in Sparks, MD, is one of the largest worldwide producers of hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain, and electronic soldering products. Directly and through its subsidiaries, Apex serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail. Apex markets its portfolio of diverse products under its own brand names in addition to being the principal manufacturer for several key private label products for certain retailers for many years. Additional information about Apex Tool Group is available at

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