2018 Market Trends in Hand Tools

September 26, 2018

2018 Market Trends in Hand Tools

Get In-The-Know with These Trends in Hand Tools 

As I mentioned in last week's Blog Post, the hand tool market is going to see a 10 year above average growth in the marketplace. With that growth, we are also going to see continued innovation in this product category as well. Let's learn a little more about these trends.

Hand Tool Trends for 2018

What is great about hand tools is their diversity. They are used by so many different types of end users. Based upon this diversity in the marketplace, market predictors and my lifetime in tools, I predict that people will be looking for innovative & unique features in their hand tools in the coming year. 

  • Hand Tools for the DIY Market
  • Hand Tools Designed for Safety
  • Hand Tools that Save Time
  • Innovative Hand Tool Design

Hand Tools for the DIY Market

Hand tools have become so popular with the advent of networks like HGTV and DIY Network as well as numerous bloggers, Instagrammers and YouTubers showing off their do-it-yourself skills. All you have to do is search "how to something” on the internet and you will find plenty of articles and videos for the DIYer to try.

Hand Tools for Safety

Improving safety and saving time are two major trends that hand tool manufacturers are focusing on in the marketplace. This includes creating tools that will be safer for the end user and thus making job sites safer.

For instance, according to an article from Industrial Supply - a well known tool manufacturer “introduced a demolition driver that could take and deliver a beating. They noticed during field research that screwdrivers were being used for purposes beyond the scope of the tool. This causes a major safety hazard for the user and the job site as well as the tool itself. Through these observations, they designed and engineered a screwdriver specifically for prying and chiseling,”  

Hand Tools That Save Time

Consumers continue to demand tools that will help them save time and accomplish tasks on the go. Because of this, tool manufacturers are filling this need by introducing more multi-function tools.

In the past multi tools might have include a knife blade, a screwdriver, and perhaps a bottle opener. But in recent years, a number of urban and outdoor multi-tools have become popular and offer other unique items within the tool like pliers, scissors, wrenches, hammers, saws, LED lights, wine openers, files, can openers, wire strippers and rulers. The options out there are endless!!

Within the category of multi tools are also EDC’s. EDC’s (Every Day Carry) are tools that can be carried consistently and conveniently to help with everyday tasks and assist with last minute situations or even emergencies.  Many EDC’s are small hand tools that would fit on your key chain or in your pocket. They have multiple functions like screwdrivers, wrenches, twine cutter or bottle opener.

With all of the added functionality multi tools can now be an alternative for a large tool box and have become very popular with new homeowners, renters, millennial's, RV’ers, tiny home enthusiasts and anyone who is looking to downsize.

Hand Tool Design

Professionals are also dictating what is needed in the hand tool industry. For instance, electricians want ergonomically designed tools with cushioned grips that fit comfortably in their hand and maximize muscle power transferred to their work. They want tools that offer lightweight strength and durability. The increased use of lightweight, durable materials coupled with innovative designs have resulted in the development of individual tools, combination tools and families of tools that accomplish a specific task or series of tasks.

Here at Defiance Tools we understand the trends in hand tools and are delivering products to meet or exceed those needs.  If you are looking for the latest in hand tools check out what Defiance Tools has to offer and purchase one today!

 ~Richard Coulcher, Co-Founder of Defiance Tools 


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