LOGGERHEAD TOOLS EXPANDS BIONIC GRIP™ FAMILY
-- Offers Two New Sizes of Open-Ended, Adjustable Wrench with Symmetrical Grip --
Chicago, February 20, 2007 -- LoggerHead Tools LLC today introduced 6- and 10-inch sizes of the Bionic Grip™, an open-ended version of its patented, award-winning Bionic Wrench™. The 8-inch Bionic Grip™ was introduced in June 2006 as the first open-ended wrench to distribute forces 240 degrees over a work surface. It automatically fits multiple sizes of fasteners, pipes and tubes with the squeeze of a hand. Like all LoggerHead Tools products, the Bionic Grip™ is made in the United States and guaranteed for life.
With four serrated jaw surfaces and an Interlock™ mechanism that stays locked while under torque load, the Bionic Grip™ is well-suited to a wide range of applications that require turning nuts and bolts or pipes and tubes -- such as renovations, repairs, machinery and vehicle maintenance, equipment assembly and plumbing. Because of its size and functionality, the Bionic Grip™ is an ideal general-purpose tool to keep around for maintenance chores.
Versatile Tool Blends Form and Function
“The Bionic Grip™ features an ergonomic design and simple adjustability without locks, knobs or adjustments,” said LoggerHead Tools President Dan Brown. “Plus, its symmetrical grip is less likely to distort softer materials, such as copper, plastic and brass pipes,” he added.
Distributed Force, Intelligent Lock
When the Bionic Grip™’s handles are squeezed, four gripping jaws converge and grab the curved surface of a pipe or the flats of a fastener -- distributing force over 240 degrees. The Bionic Grip™ features LoggerHead Tools’ new Interlock™ mechanism, which engages onto the work, stays locked while under torque load and simply disengages when the force is removed.
Automatic Sizing with a Simple Squeeze
The Bionic Grip™ reduces the need to have the exact size wrench for a job. A set of three covers 35 metric and standard fastener sizes, as well as pipes and tubes from 5/16 to 1 ¼ (outer diameter).
- The 6-inch Bionic Grip™ fits pipes and tubes from 5/16 to 9/16 inch (outer diameter) and 12 sizes of fasteners, from 5/16 inch to 9/16 inch and from 8 mm to 14 mm.
- The 8-inch Bionic Grip™ fits pipes and tubes from ½ inch to ¾ inch (outer diameter) and 13 sizes of fasteners from ½ inch to ¾ inch and from 13 mm to 20 mm.
- The 10-inch Bionic Grip™ fits pipes and tubes from 7/8 inch to 1 ¼ (outer diameter) and 14 sizes of fasteners from 7/8 inch to 1 ¼ inches and 21 mm to 30 mm.
Award-Winning, Universal Design
The Bionic Grip™ has a universal design that is easy to use for almost anyone, regardless of ability and experience with tools. It can be gripped in either hand and in almost any orientation. Users can tighten or loosen their work with ratchet-like speed because there is no need to remove the wrench between turns.
In 2006, the Bionic Grip™ won a Chicago Innovation Award for its ability to uniquely fill unmet needs, generate a competitive response in the marketplace, exceed market expectations and achieve financial success. LoggerHead Tools’ Bionic Gripping™ technology also has won numerous international design awards, including the 2006 Red Dot: Best of the Best distinction for pioneering design in its category and the 2005 iF Gold award from the International Design Forum. The Bionic Wrench™ also was nominated by the German government for the prestigious German Design award and received the 2005 Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice award.
Availability and Price
The Bionic Grip™ family is available through LoggerHead Tools: http://www.loggerheadtools.com or 1-888-564-4374 (LOGGERHEAD); at retail stores such as Orchard Supply, ACE Hardware, Lowe’s, TruServe, HWI, Blaine’s Farm & Fleet, BJ's Wholesale Club; and through leading catalogs such as Herrington’s, Garrett-Wade and Hammacher Schlemmer. Following are the suggested retail prices for the Bionic Grip™ series: 6-inch Bionic Grip™, $24.95; 8-inch Bionic Grip™, $28.95; 10-inch Bionic Grip™, $32.95. Bionic Grip™ combination packs will also be available at selected retailers.
About LoggerHead Tools
LoggerHead Tools LLC designs, develops and commercializes inventive, new-to-the-world tools manufactured in the United States. The company’s mission is to create problem-solving innovations that provide enhanced value to its customers.