In the top center drawer are my Vise-Grip-style locking pliers (enduro riders carried small ones to act as emergency shift pedals). The inventor was Danish immigrant Bill Petersen in 1924. Stamped into the metal is the Blackhawk brand, which came to life in 1919 making automotive tools. Then, in the early 1950s, it was acquired by New Britain Machine Co., which in turn was bought by Litton in the 1970s (who remembers Litton’s attempts to market motorcycle chain?). In the 1980s, National Hand Tools bought Litton’s hand tools division, which included Blackhawk and Husky. In 1986, Stanley absorbed National, which included Blackhawk. It remains a brand of the Proto division of the tool giant, Stanley Black & Decker.