Hjorth Wrench Co. / William Hjorth & Co


Hjorth Wrench Co. (Jamestown, NY)​ - See below advertisement for the Lightening Pipe & Nut wrench.  12/1904 is the earliest reference we have found for this company.

The 8/9/1899 edition of The Potter Enterprise (Coudersport, PA) notes that Mr. William Hjorth was in town attempting to sell the rights to a wrench, "which will fit nuts of various sizes and can be used as a pipe wrench.  It can be used as a staple puller, screwdriver, and wire cutter."

William Hjorth & Co. (Jamestown, NY)

Forged Tool Products Corporation - According to the May 13, 1920 edition of The Iron Age, this company was recently incorporated by William Hjorth.

Patent #735,289 - Pipe-Wrench - Karl Peterson - Assigned to William Hjorth & Co.

Patent #738,444 - Combined Pipe & Nut Wrench - Arthur W. Hjorth - Assigned to William Hjorth & Co. // Although not cited, this appears to be an improvement on Patent #573,313

Sub Brands / Trade Names / Trademarks

  • Empire (Wrenches, Pipe Wrenches)
  • Lightening (Wrenches)
  • Hjorth Bent Nose (Pliers)
  • New Auto (Pliers)

Hjorth company patents