Kraeuter & Company

Notes: Arthur A. Kraeuter co-founded the Acme Hardware Company in 1905 in Newark, N.J. along with Camille L. Hairbard and William I. Carter Jr..  Hardware Dealers Magazine also lists Kraeuter & Co as purveyors of Bonney's adjustable alligator wrench dubbed "The Victor Pliers." Acme Hardware is listed in the 1905 Iron Age Directory as manufacturers of drop forged wrenches.  Thus far, the formation of the Acme company appears to center around C. S. Bonney's patent of the adjustable alligator wrench which the Acme company was marketing aggressively at that time. Kraeuter patented a belt punch in 1902 (751,079). On October 15th of 1909, the shop of Kraeuter & Co. burnt to the ground.

571 18th Ave. Newark, N.J. Kraeuter & Co. started in 1880 in Newark, by August Kraeuter primarily focusing on machinist tools. Arthur took over in 1902.  Countering the 1880 assertion from the article above, this is a great genealogy of the August Kraeuter, Arthur's father. It appears the company was founded officially in 1881. In addition, August is named as a partner in at least 2 companies, beginning in 1864. (Heuschkel, Kraeuter & Co. and Foerster & Kraeuter) August removed himself from the latter partnership in 1879.

Here is a write-up from The Industrial Interests of Newark, NJ profiling Foerster & Kraeuter.  The company was founded in 1864.

On July 25, 1963, Kraeuter was purchased for cash by the Symington Wayne Co.

Kraeuter & Co. (Newark, NJ)

Sub Brands / Trade Names / Trademarks

  • Kraeuter (Pliers) (First use 1910)
  • Victor (Alligator Wrenches, Pliers, Screwdriver Bits)
  • Dreadnaught (Pliers)
  • Gripall (Pliers)
  • Grip-It (Pliers)
  • Grip-Tite (Pliers)
  • Kwi-Kut (Chisels)
  • Universal (Pliers #305 combination)
  • Kraeuter (filed by Dresser Industries) (Mechanic's Hand Tools) (First Use "at least" 2/1965)
  • Kraeuter (filed by Kraeuter & Co.) (Pliers) (First Use 1910)

Kraeuter & Co Assigned Patents

Arthur Kraeuter Patents

Key Tool Stamping Terms (stamped/forged into tools):

  • K-Diamond
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Plombob's picture

Kraeuter's pliers were very high quality. The typical finish is gun metal blue. The knurlings are perfect and the tools have a solid feel.

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