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  • The Vise-Grip Story

    Posted by Jonathan on August 23rd, 2005 (All posts by )

    Here’s a history of one of the most versatile tools ever.

    UPDATE: The history of duct tape!


    9 Responses to “The Vise-Grip Story”

    1. BlogWatch Says:

      Cool Tool Dude

      Before the leatherman, the original cool tool was … well that would be telling! Look here, bet ya guessed wrong! (HT: Jonathan G ewirtz)…

    2. Mike Cunningham Says:

      A post which I made some time back, featured my brother, who is widely known as less than knowledgeable when it comes to D.I.Y., as it took him three hours to work out how to operate an adjustable spanner!
      The Vise Grip spanner was a foundation tool of my apprenticeship, and many more were seen in use throughout my years in industry!

    3. James R. Rummel Says:

      Great post, and a great link.


    4. Joe Says:

      Do you read JG’s blog? Planet Gnome perhaps? He linked to that about 4 days ago. Just curious.

    5. Jonathan Says:

      I read about it in a discussion on

    6. Richard Heddleson Says:

      duct tape. Found at more crime scenes than any other human contrivance. Coincidence? I don’t think so Yes, all these prom gowns were made from Duck brand Duck Tape. I love the Mid-West.

    7. Reluctant MBA Says:

      Interesting story. Very interesting blog. I’m curious as to how it got started and how all of the contributors know each other…

    8. Jonathan Says:

      It started as a one-person blog and grew by recruitment. A few of us knew each other before, others are Internet acquaintances. More info in the contributors page and archives.

    9. nn Says:

      Did you know that duct tape helps cure warts?