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Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool 520

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Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« on: April 23, 2021, 02:24:57 AM »
Can anyone provide info on this Craftsman branded tool?
 Is it just a rebranded Bear Jaws?

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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2021, 02:34:43 AM »
I think so. But, I can't give you a date on them. I figured they replaced the ST-5E, and I know as a kid, I saw one of these at my local Sears.
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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2021, 06:50:46 AM »
Can anyone provide info on this Craftsman branded tool?
 Is it just a rebranded Bear Jaws?

Yes.  As well as a couple of Bear Jaws (45201, 45521), Craftsman also relabelled the Kershaw A100, Schrade ST5 & ST2, Seber M4 and a red sliding Jaws MT (not sure who actually made these).  There may be others that I just haven't come across (yet). 

Bear & Son put quite a few different brands to be put on their MTs (Craftsman, LL Bean, Crescent/Toolzall, Nicholson, Moore Maker).
« Last Edit: April 23, 2021, 06:56:34 AM by gregozedobe »

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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2021, 12:20:41 PM »
 :iagree:


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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2021, 03:57:44 AM »
I got the feeling from Bear in most of our interactions that they really aren't interested in their own multitool line, and probably would have discontinued the whole mess if they weren't making some decent money selling them en masse to other companies.

I believe they only started doing them in the past because they were already manufacturing components for Leatherman and decided to take a whack at it themselves.

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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2021, 05:13:06 AM »
I got the feeling from Bear in most of our interactions that they really aren't interested in their own multitool line, and probably would have discontinued the whole mess if they weren't making some decent money selling them en masse to other companies.

I believe they only started doing them in the past because they were already manufacturing components for Leatherman and decided to take a whack at it themselves.



Def

That would explain the lackluster quality control.
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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2021, 01:17:53 AM »
The quality of my Crescent Toolzall Pro is excellent.   The larger Bear multitool I bought which bore their own brand was terrible.

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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2021, 02:22:47 AM »
The quality of my Crescent Toolzall Pro is excellent.   The larger Bear multitool I bought which bore their own brand was terrible.

I have a Toolzall Pocket Pro and a Craftsman. They are both good tools. Same with my Remington Bear and Son Small Trapper and Moore Maker lockback. These are all Bear-made products.  But, all of the about 5-6 Bear and Son knives I own are awful.

I think I finally need to get a Toolzall. What I Like about the Craftsman, however, is it's the only Bear Jaws with an awl, as opposed to an extra blade.
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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2021, 02:52:00 AM »
I can't say that my copies show a lack of quality overall, and I do have a few of them in my collection. I do admire their thick stainless steel construction, but not a fan of their locking mechanism arms that jut out at odd an angle from the handle. Those just seem to get in the way.

20210424_204058A by Chako, on Flickr

and a closeup of my single Craftsman branded model.

20210424_204134A by Chako, on Flickr
« Last Edit: April 25, 2021, 03:15:13 AM by Chako »

A little Leatherman information.

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No Life Club Posts: 4,822 Apparently it is possible to have too many tools;)
Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2021, 07:26:36 AM »
IIRC someone said that Bear & Son would often sell off their tools that didn't meet their own (quite low) QA standards at cheap prices, but without any markings to indicate they were "seconds".  These of course got sold on as regular quality tools (for higher prices), thus denting Bear & Sons reputation even further.

This would explain why there are some quite bad but "new" Bear & Son tools and knives floating around on the secondary markets (eg ebay, craigslist, gumtree etc)

babola: "Enjoy your tools and don't be afraid to air your opinion and feelings here, but do it in courteous and respectable way toward others, of course."
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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2021, 02:03:27 PM »
IIRC someone said that Bear & Son would often sell off their tools that didn't meet their own (quite low) QA standards at cheap prices, but without any markings to indicate they were "seconds".  These of course got sold on as regular quality tools (for higher prices), thus denting Bear & Sons reputation even further.

This would explain why there are some quite bad but "new" Bear & Son tools and knives floating around on the secondary markets (eg ebay, craigslist, gumtree etc)

Amazon used to sell them at sub-$20 prices all the time without mentioning they were seconds. Now the Remington Small Trapper I picked up was just $7, but fine to me. But the others were awful knives and two multitools. I still use the sheaths for other tools--Bear does make a great belt sheath--heavy Cordura with a leather horizontal/vertical belt loop and strong Velcro.
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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2021, 02:11:28 PM »
I wonder if I have a few of these in my collection somewhere as when I got them, they reminded me very much of Bear & Son production...but they featured no name. I might have to take an expedition into my collection soon. I am uncertain exactly where the ones I am thinking are stored currently.

A little Leatherman information.

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No Life Club Posts: 4,822 Apparently it is possible to have too many tools;)
Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2021, 03:13:42 PM »
I wonder if I have a few of these in my collection somewhere as when I got them, they reminded me very much of Bear & Son production...but they featured no name. I might have to take an expedition into my collection soon. I am uncertain exactly where the ones I am thinking are stored currently.

I suspect that there was a factory in China that was making copies/homages of the Bear Jaws MT.  I have 4, with brands "China", "Schrade", "Garrity" & :Smith & Wesson".  The latter is even marked as "First production Run" which I found slightly amusing.

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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2021, 03:16:58 PM »
That would stand to reason.

A little Leatherman information.

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Re: Info on USA Made Craftsman Tool
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2021, 03:17:46 AM »
I bought what was likely a second with the Toolzall branding off ebay around a year and a half ago. The pliers had so much play as to be unusable. It seemed really nice otherwise, so I was bummed to return it.

I have two Pocket Pros that are really good though.

 

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