Stanley Hand Tools

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Stanley Hand Tools
Stanley Hand Tools logo.svg
Product type Hand tools
Owner Stanley Black & Decker
Country United States
Introduced 1857
Previous owners The Stanley Works

Stanley Hand Tools is a brand of hand tools. It is a division of Stanley Black & Decker, following the merger of The Stanley Works with Black & Decker in March 2010.[1]


The Stanley Works was founded by Frederick T. Stanley in 1843, originally a bolt and door hardware manufacturing company located in New Britain, Connecticut.

The Stanley Rule and Level Company was founded in 1857 by Henry Stanley in New Britain, Connecticut. In 1920, this company merged with the separate but related Stanley Works, founded by Henry Stanley's cousin Frederick Trent Stanley, and continued operating as its hand tools division.[2]

Around 1937, Stanley acquired the British J. A. Chapman company, a British manufacturer of carpentry tools and other items (including bayonets during World War I) formerly located in Sheffield. This helped Stanley to enter the British market.


Early utility knife shown open

Stanley is a well known brand of tools and has produced millions of hand planes, saws, rulers, try squares, chisels, screwdrivers, and many other types of tools for consumer and for industrial use. Their innovations include the Bailey plane, the Surform shaper, the PowerLock tape measure, the utility knife (called the "Stanley knife" in British English), and an unusual multitool known as the Stanley #1 Odd Jobs.



  1. ^ "Stanley and Black & Decker Complete Merger" (Press release). Stanley Black & Decker. 2010-03-12. Archived from the original on 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  2. ^ Stanley Hand Tools. "History". Retrieved 2010-03-19.

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