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IRWIN Tools manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories including VISE-GRIP® pliers and wrenches, MARATHON® saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® wood-boring bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits, and HANSON® taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Newell Rubbermaid’s global portfolio of brands.

IRWIN Introduces New Series of Folding Utility Knives
With Proprietary BladeLock Technology

New Knives Offer Unprecedented Locking Features, Durability and Design Innovations

Across all trades, there is a common tool in every tradesman’s tool bag – a utility knife. Utility knives come in various shapes and sizes and are used to cut a wide range of materials on the job site and in the home. Today, IRWIN Tools introduces the International A’Design Platinum Award winning Folding Utility Knife Series with patented BladeLock Technology – the FK100, FK150, and FK250. Recognized for its "best-in-class" design attributes, the FK Series is durable, compact, and easy-to-use.

The IRWIN® FK Series delivers unparalleled user safety, durability, and comfort. IRWIN’s proprietary design addresses the most frequently cited user frustration – when blades accidentally pull out of the handle during use. BladeLock Technology further improves safety by providing the user with the ability to change blades only when the release button is engaged and the blade holder is in the 45° open position. Each of the new folding utility knives has a liner lock for safe, one-handed operation and a 16° cutting angle for ultimate comfort and control. No other folding knife offers this level of blade security and user safety.

"IRWIN’s research shows that the utility knife is the second most important tool to a tradesman, and the biggest frustration and safety hazard on the job is when the blade comes out unexpectedly during cutting. This frustration lead to development of the built-in BladeLock safety feature, which is an important part of all three knife models. But we didn’t stop there," emphasized Katy Vogl, IRWIN Product Manager. "These new knives are what every tradesman will want in his tool box or pocket, or on his belt clip. Whether you need the compact durability of the FK100, the built-in blade storage of the FK150, or the durability of the FK250 with fold out screwdriver, there is a knife for every tradesman."

Irwin FK150 knife

Irwin FK250 knife

Irwin FK250 knife

Irwin FK100 knife

Designed with a rugged and robust feel, the new IRWIN FK100 with BladeLock Technology features a compact, durable body design that is lightweight and compact. Comfortable in the hand, pocket or on the belt, the FK100 has a built-in wire stripper, cast finger grooves and trigger-grip handle for greater control.

The new IRWIN FK150 with BladeLock Technology is a no-nonsense, rugged folding utility knife designed with built-in blade storage that holds up to two blades for quick, on-the-job blade changes. The compact and durable design of the FK150 fits comfortably in the hand, pocket or on the belt. The FK150 has cast finger grooves, trigger-grip handle and delivers maximum durability, reliability, and is easy–to–use.

For the tradesman who needs a superior utility knife and quick access to his most commonly used screwdriver bits—without the bulk of a multi-tool— IRWIN integrated a foldout screwdriver for 1” insert bits into the new IRWIN FK250 with BladeLock Technology. For added convenience and customization, the FK250 includes built-in blade storage and an additional insert bit storage compartment. The FK250 delivers maximum durability and versatility and is designed with cast finger grooves and trigger grip handle for optimal control.

The new FK Series handles are backed by IRWIN’s Lifetime Guarantee. The FK100, FK150 and FK250 are now available at hardware stores, construction and industrial tool distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada

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IRWIN’s New Impact Performance Series Line is
Custom-Engineered for Impact Drills and Drivers

Phase 1 Launch of IRWIN’s New Line Includes Screwdriving Bits, Nutsetters,
Socket Adapters, and Bit Holders

As professional tradesmen continually seek power tool accessories that stand up on the toughest jobsites and help them do their jobs better, faster, or easier, IRWIN Tools announces the introduction of the Impact Performance Series™ line of screwdriving bits, nutsetters, socket adapters, and bit holders. While most accessories currently marketed for use in impact drills and drivers are compatible with impact power tools, IRWIN’s new line of Impact Performance Series accessories is engineered specifically for use in impact tools. The launch is the first phase of the introduction of a comprehensive line of accessories designed for use in impact drills and drivers.

Impact Performance Series Screwdriving/Fastener Drive Bits

IRWIN’s Impact Performance Series fastener drive bits are available in Phillips®, square recess, Torx®, and tamper-resistant Torx® bits. The bits are forged rather than milled, so they fit fasteners more precisely, which reduces stripping and increases the life of the bit itself – IRWIN's Impact Performance Series bits have three times longer life than standard insert or power bits. They’re manufactured with heavy-duty, cold-forged, high-grade steel that withstands extremely high torque output, and have a black oxide finish that resists corrosion and substantially increases the life of the bit.

Irwin Philips screwdriver bit

Irwin small Philips bit

Impact Performance Series Lobular Nutsetters

IRWIN Impact Performance Series nutsetters are built for maximum durability, performance, and long life with impact tools. They are designed to drive the fastener from the side, rather than forcing the corners to turn, maintaining the shape of the fastener and dramatically reducing breakage and damage from stripping. The lobular design provides more clearance on the corners of the fastener where paint build-up often occurs. They are available with or without extremely powerful rare earth magnets that hold fasteners securely in place. They have a black oxide finish that resists corrosion and increases the life of the nutsetter.

Irwin impact nutsetter

Impact Performance Series Bit Holders

IRWIN Impact Performance Series insert bit holders have a c-ring design with an external clip that fits into the retaining ring notch of the insert bit, as well as a powerful rare earth magnet that’s four times stronger than standard magnets – both of which hold bits securely in place. They have a black oxide finish that resists corrosion and increases the life of the bit holder.

Irwin impact mag bit holder

Impact Performance Series Socket Adapters

IRWIN’s new Impact Performance Series socket adapters also are engineered for maximum durability and long life with impact tools. They are available with a ball-lock retention design for applications when quick-change is ideal. The body of the socket is forged for additional strength, and they have a black oxide finish that resists corrosion and increases the life of the tool.

Irwin impact socket adapter

Research indicates that professional tradesmen are rapidly shifting to impact technology, with the use of impact drivers increasing dramatically over the past five years. In fact, tradesmen are using impact drivers almost daily, and 30 percent of their time is spent using an impact tool versus rotary or other types of drills or drivers. Most accessories currently marketed for impact use are only compatible with impact drivers, but IRWIN’s new line of Impact Performance Series accessories are built and engineered for optimal performance with impact tools. This first phase of this launch is really only the beginning. Continued enhancements to the performance of impact drivers themselves, such as new motor or battery technologies, will lead to expansion of the Impact Performance Series line to include all types of accessories for impact drivers.

IRWIN’s entire line of Impact Performance Series screwdriving bits, nutsetters, socket adapters, and bit holders has a 1/4" quick-change shank that’s designed to work with all types of impact drivers and rotary drills.

IRWIN’s Impact Performance Series accessories can be found at home centers, hardware stores, and construction and industrial tool suppliers throughout the U.S. and Canada. They can be purchased as singles, in bulk, or as sets. The suggested retail price for screwdriving bits ranges from $0.95 to $6.49, nutsetters from $3.49 to $9.99, socket adapters from $3.49 to $6.99, and bit holders from $4.49 to $6.99. Multiple set configurations are available, with prices ranging from $18.49 to $54.99.

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Irwin’s Multi-Material Drill Bits Save Tradesmen
Time and Energy on the Jobsite

Toting around different types of bits for different drilling tasks can be cumbersome, so every professional tradesman needs a single bit that’s capable of drilling through multiple types of materials.

Irwin multimaterial 7_32 drill bit

IRWIN® Tools full line of multi-material drill bits will drill through just about any type of material out there, including brick, block, tile, metal, wood, laminate, plastic, and marble. They will even drill through multiple materials at the same time. They have a unique diamond-ground, four-facet carbide tip with super-sharp cutting edges that guarantee centered starts with no walking, fast drilling, and excellent hole quality. The versatile bits have a double-milled flute that removes dust and debris quickly and efficiently, which not only increases drilling speed (with no clogging), but results in longer bit life as well. These versatile bits are designed specifically for rotary drilling, but are tough enough to be used with hammer drills.

Professional tradesmen repeatedly express frustration with having to carry around multiple types of drill bits, and switch out bits depending on a particular material they need to drill into at any given time. It’s time consuming and discouraging for them.

These bits are particularly useful when drilling through multiple materials at the same time. For instance, when drilling through a tile floor, there’s more than just the tile. There’s also a backer board and a sub-floor or concrete slab. With a kitchen backsplash, there’s tile, backer board, drywall, and possibly a wood stud. These bits will drill right through every layer of building materials, eliminating the need to change bits for each material.

IRWIN Multi-Material drill bits are compatible with all standard 1/2" and 3/8” chuck drills. They are available in 3- to 5-inch jobber lengths and 16-inch extended length, with diameters ranging from 1/8 to 1/2 inches. They can be found at home centers, hardware stores, and construction and industrial tool distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada. The suggested retail price ranges from $5 to $15 on single bits, depending on length and diameter, and $20 for the 5-piece kit.

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IRWIN MARPLES WOODWORKING SAW BLADES PROVIDE TRUER
CLEANER CUTS

IRWIN® Tools continues the rich heritage of its Marples® sub-brand by introducing the new IRWIN Marples Woodworking Series saw blades. Long known for its quality and precision, the Marples name has been a favorite among fine craftsmen and professional tradesmen since its origin in 1828.

Irwin 12" saw blade

Made in Italy in IRWIN’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the new IRWIN Marples Woodworking Series saw blades are crafted to the highest design standards for precision and accuracy. These laser-cut, thin kerf saw blades feature extra-sharp, oversized carbide teeth for long life and multiple re-sharpenings. Engineered with a heat-resistant, non-stick coating, these blades reduce gumming for cleaner, truer cuts. Designed for a wide range of applications and materials, the new IRWIN Marples Woodworking Series saw blades — available in 10" diameter with 24-, 40-, 50-, 60-, 80- and 84-tooth count, 12" diameter with 40-, 60-, 80-, 96- and 100-tooth count and an 8" Stacked Dado set — are engineered for extended life, flawless finish and ultimate precision cutting.

In-depth field testing with professional woodworkers and finish carpenters has contributed to the design of these blades. Saw blade users will immediately notice the improved cutting performance of the high-quality, oversized carbide teeth and precision-tensioned laser-cut blade body.

Giorgio Pozzo, one of the foremost experts in saw blade manufacturing, oversees the production of the IRWIN Marples Woodworking Series saw blades in IRWIN’s new high-tech manufacturing facility located in Udine, Italy. The facility features some of the world’s most advanced saw blade technologies.

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IRWIN MARPLES CHISELS FOR EVERY APPLICATION FROM FINE WOODWORKING
TO HIGH-IMPACT JOBSITE WORK

IRWIN Marples Extends 184-Year Heritage

IRWIN® Tools continues the rich heritage of its Marples® sub-brand by introducing the new IRWIN Marples Bevel Edge Chisel line. Long known for its quality and precision, the Marples name has been a favorite among fine craftsmen and professional tradesmen since its origin in 1828.

IRWIN Marples Chisels Set the Standard for Strength and Ergonomics

IRWIN is introducing three new Marples bevel edge chisel lines that extend the brand’s best-in-class reputation for quality, design and ergonomics. IRWIN’s in-depth consumer research identified that while all chisel users require the same sharp edge and high-quality hardened steel blade, there are three distinct user groups including fine woodworking, construction and high-impact. IRWIN now offers a full range of chisels specifically engineered for each user. From precision and finesse, to strength and durability, Marples chisels are the “gold standard” for the world’s finest craftsmen.

For the woodworker who requires precision for finishing dovetail joints, the new Woodworking Chisel features a 100 CRV blade, hardened to 58-61 HRC for improved sharpness and edge retention. Designed to be used with a wooden mallet or the palm of the hand for traditional fine woodworking applications, this bevel edge chisel is structured with a slim, ergonomic handle for added control, precision and comfort. The Woodworking Chisels are offered in 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2" and 2" sizes and are sold in 3-piece, 4-piece and 6-piece wooden box sets.

Irwin family of high impact chisels

The new Construction Chisel is an all-purpose bevel edge chisel that also features an upgraded hardened and tempered blade to make jobs like carving out a recess for a hinge or strike plate easy and accurate. With its ProTouch™ grip, the Construction Chisel is comfortable to hold and its oversized steel strike cap can withstand repetitive hammer strikes. The Construction Chisels are available in 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2" and 2" sizes, a 3-piece and 4-piece set.

Strike cap on Irwin high impact chisels

For the most rigorous and demanding jobs, IRWIN’s new High-Impact Chisel features a fully-forged core for unbeatable durability and strength while still providing the same high quality cutting performance. With an extra-large steel strike cap to withstand hammer pounding at multiple angles and a ProTouch™ over-mold grip for added ergonomic comfort, the High-Impact Chisel is constructed with a split proof acetate handle for reinforced handle toughness. Available in 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2" and 2" short blade sizes, the High-Impact Chisels are ideal for builders and remodelers. The High-Impact Chisel is also available in 3-piece and 5-piece sets

Irwin high impact chisels

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Tradesmen Research Drives Design of Levels and Squares New IRWIN Line More Durable,
Accurate and Easy to Read

IRWIN® Tools new comprehensive range of levels is loaded with features tradesmen demand on the jobsite – and they are guaranteed accurate for life. The new product line was developed after five extensive rounds of research with tradesmen over a two year period. The line includes box beam levels, I-beam levels, torpedo levels, and multiple specialty levels for the unique needs of every user as well as a full range of squares and utility levels for complete category coverage.

Box Beam Levels

Irwin 48 inch box beam level

The IRWIN box beam levels have a rugged frame tough enough to ensure accuracy every time. To see how rugged these levels really are please watch these toughness videos:
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The Plumb Site® feature provides dual-sided viewing so the vial can be seen more easily and clearly from awkward angles, such as when the tradesman is on a ladder or in a cramped space. IRWIN’s box beam levels have a continuous edge for scribing so complete and accurate level lines can be drawn anywhere. All of the box beam levels have either removable end caps or IRWIN’s ingenious new retractable end cap design for fast and accurate levelling into corners. All IRWIN box beam levels are available with optional rare Earth magnets for convenient hands-free use.

I-Beam Levels

Irwin level dual chamber I beam

Irwin 48 inch I beam level

IRWIN’s I-beam levels are constructed of durable aluminum and feature IRWIN’s Dual Chamber design. This unique chamber design increases durability, ensuring accuracy over time, and resists twisting two times more than traditional I-beam levels. Select I-beam models are also available with the Plumb Site® feature plus MagnaVials™, which are 20 percent larger for easy, accurate readings.

Torpedo Levels

Irwin 9 inch torpedo level

IRWIN’s 250 magnetic torpedo level leads the torpedo offering and features an integrated slope button for quick and easy drainage leveling. With a heavy-duty cast aluminum body, this new torpedo level can stand up to even the harshest of jobsite conditions, and the Plumb-Site® window makes plumb readings easier and more accurate in tight spots. The built-in B-tank valve key is always on hand to help open an acetylene tank.

Specialty Levels

IRWIN’s new specialty levels provide the best possible solutions to unique leveling needs.

  • IRWIN’s electronic box beam level has the added benefit of an electronic module that has a back-lit LCD wide-screen display, which makes working with angles and slopes easy and accurate.
  • The lighted levels have vials that can be lit with LED lights with the simple push of a button, providing better readability in low-light conditions such as closets, basements, or when working at dusk.
  • IRWIN’s Mason’s Level is made of laminated American hardwood and a heavy-duty reinforced aluminum frame for extreme durability and warp-resistance.
  • Extendable Levels, for extended range leveling beyond eight feet, are constructed of three heavy-duty aluminum I-beam rails that extend up to almost three times the collapsed length, locking securely in infinite settings to meet any extended levelling needs.

Utility Levels

IRWIN’s new range of utility levels includes Line and Pocket Levels, dual-directional Cross Check and multi-directional Bullseye Levels, and a new Post Level, which has a magnetic strip and rubber strap for convenient and hands-free installation of posts, railings and pipes.

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Squares

IRWIN has also introduced a comprehensive jobsite-ready squares line. The Hi-Contrast Rafter and Framing Squares provide easy, accurate readings and enhanced readability when cutting rafters and marking a multitude of angles. The Combination Squares with durable cast zinc bodies and precision etched scales provide accurate 90° and 45° readings, and the T-Bevel is ideal as a depth gauge and for transferring angles. Rounding out the squares range, IRWIN offers Carpenter and Tri Squares as well as T-Squares to meet any jobsite needs.

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More than five years of end user research and product development culminated in the development of this unique-looking high performance jobsite handsaw.

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