Tool innovations take home the hardware

Double-jointed cutting tool from Knipex.

Cologne, Germany -- From the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany, a torque wrench, a cutting plier and triple-blade cutting tool earned innovation awards.

Koelnmesse, organizer of the 2012 International Hardware Fair, and the Central Hardware Trade Association (ZHH) jointly awarded the “EISEN 2012” innovation prize for the top tool products, industrial supplies, fastening and connection systems and fittings.

The winners are:

• From Gedore, the Dremaster DMK 200, which is an adjustable tubular torque wrench with square box profile and integrated ratchet for controlled right and left tightening. It has a selectable scale for torque units -- in both English and metric.

• From Knipex, the Twin Force power-side cutter tool uses a double-joint that pushes the fulcrum closer to the cut, generating more mechanical advantage for the user. 

• From Rhodius, the diamond-coated triple blades of the Braintools All-in-one cuts a groove through cement and removes the rubble, making a quick job out of laying a drain or conduit through a hard material. 

The above winners came from a pool of just under 100 entries for the Innovation Prize “EISEN 2012.” The jury of experts selected 19 nominees and, in turn, from them the ultimate winners.

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