All About WD-40 – Part 1

If you have tools, from the best shears to screw extraction pliers, you will likely have heard of and used WD-40.

WD-40 is the trademarked name of a water-displacing spray and penetrating oil. Its active ingredient is non-volatile viscous oil that remains on any surface to which it is applied. It protects these surfaces from moisture and provides lubrication. It is fantastic for protecting tools, extricating jammed bolts and screws, removing dirt, preventing rust, loosening stiff locks and zippers, and displacing moisture.


A Short History of Scissors

Scissors are just a normal part of everyday life for most of us – we barely give them a second thought. But from electrician scissors to Kevlar shears, scissors are a tool that we all use and which we all take for granted. With this in mind, ere is a Short History of Scissors.

Scissors are nothing new in the last century – or even in the last millennium. Many people believed that they were first invented by Leonardo Da Vinci; however the humble set of scissors is much, much older than this…


What is Kevlar®?

You might have heard the term Kevlar®: applied to material, scissors, and other items. What is it?

Kevlar® is a synthetic material made from a type of patented plastic. First introduced in 1971 it was invented and patented in the 1960s by chemist Stephanie Kwolek. It is light and incredibly strong – in fact, five times stronger than steel when considered on an equal weight basis. It is also more than five times less dense than steel. It can impede knives and bullets, and is used for everything from boat building to reinforcing brake pads in cars.


The Basic Tool Belt

Whether you’re a professional tradesman or a home handyman, a well-equipped tool belt can be invaluable. A well-organized tool belt allows you to carry your tools easily, climb ladders safely, and work more efficiently and quickly. A tool belt that is arranged properly allows an experienced handyman (or woman) or professional tradesman to intuitively reach for the right tool without taking their eyes off the task at hand. It saves time and effort.


32 Handy Things You Should Know How to Do

There are a number of handy life skills that everyone, both male and female, should have. These run the gamut from knowing basic first aid to how to cook basic meals and to even build a campfire.

There are also some handy jobs, including around the home, that shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve. There’s no problem calling in an expert, but for certain handy jobs, there’s no reason that even the least handy person can get it done themselves! If you don’t know how to do them – it’s time to learn!


A Short History of Hand Tools Part 2

A history of hand tools shows tools became more and more important as civilization became more advances. A workman’s tools were the means by which he could earn a living. They were also used to help make daily life easier.

Humans began molding copper in about 6000BC. They soon learned that copper was too soft to be effective as a tool, but mixed with tin it made bronze, which was very strong. This happened around the same time as the razor was invented to shave hair and men began to go beardless.


A Short History of Hand Tools Part 1

From the very first Stone Age tools used in prehistory to today’s best screw extraction pliers, hand tools are seen by anthropologists as a way of understanding humanity. The way we created and used tools developed with human skill and how we operated as a society, and this rings true to this day.  Tools tell us a lot about the societies that developed them, and a more advanced society will use more tools.