THE ADJUSTABLE wrench, often called the
Crescent wrench, has been a toolbox essential for
generations. Early motorists used them extensively
to make repairs on the fly. The only tools Charles
Lindbergh brought on his famous solo flight across
the Atlantic in 1927 were pliers and a Crescent wrench.
And in the early 1960s, astronauts on NASA’s Gemini
missions carried a Crescent wrench with them
Crescent Brand Tools (originally called the
Crescent Tool Company) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It’s no mistake that Lindbergh and NASA
chose Crescent tools for their journeys. Since its inception, the company has been synonymous not
only with the Crescent wrench, but with quality.
Company founder Karl Peterson believed that
quality and reliability, rather than price, would create
loyal customers. He selected highly skilled craftsmen
for the hands-on manufacturing and experienced
Name: Cooper Hand Tools.
Crescent is one of 14 brand
names in Cooper’s line.
COURTESY COOPER HAND TOOLS
Employees: 5,000 globally
and inventive tradesmen to run
1000 Lufkin Road
Apex, NC 27539
Phone: (919) 387-0099
The ubiquitous wrench’s name, by the way,
doesn’t come from its shape. The company name was
selected in an employee contest in 1907.
Web site: www.cooper
Products at Costco:
The 130-piece Mechanic’s
Tool Set and the 195-piece
Professional Tool Set from
Crescent are available in
Costco warehouses—just in
time for Father’s Day.
During Crescent’s first 25 years, Peterson helped
design nearly half of the plant’s machinery. The
company remained a family-owned operation until
1960, when Marvin Peterson, Karl’s only son, sold it
to a holding company. In 1968, Cooper Industries,
the parent company of Cooper Hand Tools, another
manufacturer of professional-quality tools, purchased Crescent, adding the Crescent name to its line
ofquality products. Crescent’s original commitment to The only tools Charles Lindbergh
building reliable tools remains a corner- brought on his famous solo flight
stone of Cooper Hand Tools today as the across the Atlantic in 1927 were
company celebrates a century of excel-
lence.—Will Fifield pliers and a Crescent wrench.
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