General Tools

For nearly a century, General Tools has been a recognized leader in the design and development of precision specialty tools, committed to innovation and dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service. Offering over 1,000 tools, the company is proud to provide professionals, DIYers, and hobbyists around the world with a broad range of affordable, specific-purpose mechanical hand tools and precision measuring and inspection tools.

General Tools & Instruments LLC, began as the brainchild of Abe and Lillian Rosenberg in New York City in 1922. Originally dubbed General Hardware Manufacturing Co., the company specialized in the wholesale of "hard goods," offering a full range of domestic and professional items from clothesline pulleys and screen-door hardware, to specialty hand tools. However it wasn't long before Abe, a former WWI soldier and a vibrant, creative thinker, began to conceptualize his own product ideas. With Lillian running the store, Abe would take the Fall River Line from Greenwich Village to New England in search of machine shops to manufacture his tools. By 1930 he had outsourced a small line of specialty items, including circle cutters, metal punches, and pocket screwdrivers. By 1937, Abe and Lillian were selling their own products exclusively at General Hardware. Abe’s thirst for new ideas kept General at the forefront of innovation, becoming one of the first to build die-cast tools. It was this innovation that resulted in General becoming a charter member of the Sears 100 Club of Craftsman tool suppliers in 1946.

Upon Abe’s death in 1977, his daughter Dorothy became Chairman of the Board. Along with her husband, Seymour Weinstein, Dorothy expanded General’s product line to include precision measuring tools and other specialty hand tools. In 1990, the company’s name was officially changed to General Tools to better reflect its product line.

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