Snap-On

Kenosha, WI - According to a 50th anniversary newspaper article, Joseph Johnson and Bill Seidemann worked for American Grinder Mfg. Co. when they came up with the idea for their interchangeable sockets.  American Grinder was launching Blackhawk at the time and wasn't interested in Mr. Johnson's idea.

An article published March 26, 1921 notes Newton Tarble as VP of Snap-On, and a member of both the Motor Tool Specialty Co. and Palmer Tarble Sales Company.  Side Note: Mr. Tarble, prior to entering WWI, was an often scouted baseball pitcher and turned down many professional offers in order to engage in the business world.

Brands, Trade Names & Trademarks

  • MECHANIKIT - Block Letters Registered by Motor Tool Specialties (Toolboxes for Mechanics) (First Use 5/2/1924)
  • FERRET - Block Letters (Socket Wrench Tools, Screwdrivers) (First Use 8/5/1926)
  • Par-V - Block Letters (Wrenches, Chisels, Socket Sets, Screwdrivers) (First Use 2/2/1931)
  • Blue-Point Supreme (Wrenches, Wrench Handles, Chisels, etc.) (First Use 1/24/1934)
  • LOXOCKET - Block Text (Wrenches, Wrench Handles, Screwdrivers, Valve Spring Compressors, Chisels, Wrench Sockets and Socket Wrenches) (First Use 7/6/1928)
  • FLEXOCKET - Block Text (Wrenches, Wrench Handles, Screwdrivers, Valve Spring Compressors, Chisels, Wrench Sockets and Socket Wrenches) (First Use 7/6/1928)

  • SENIOR - Block Letters (Hand Tools) (First Use 4/23/1923)
  • DWARF - Block Letters (Hand Tools) (First Use 3/1/1929)
  • JUNIOR - Block Letters (Hand Tools) (First Use 5/1/1927)
  • SUPREME (Hand Tools) (First Use 1/24/1934)

  • MechaniChest - Block Letters (Hand Tools) (First Use 6/1/1933)
  • Torqometer - Block Letters (Torque Wrenches) (First Use 11/20/1937)
  • The Tool Box (For Periodic Publications) (First Use 4/3/1953)

  • HYDRA-RAM - Block Letters (Hydraulic Power Units) (First Use 4/1/1939)
  • OCTO-GRIP (Wrenches, Screwdrivers & Hand Turning Tools) (First Use 12/22/1938)

  • Hydra-Pak - Block Letters (Mechanical & Hydraulic Jacks) (First Use 12/3/1941)
  • Wedge-Grip - Block Letters (Open End & Socket Wrenches) (First Use 2/10/1953)
  • Vacuum Grip (All Pliers, Chisels, Punches, Screwdrivers (First Use from TM Renewal says June, 1932; First Use from Original Forged Steel Products TM says 6/1/1920) (See Forged Steel Products Page)

  • Par-X - Block Letters (Hand Tools) (First Use 4/19/1961)
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