About Us

about us


Crescent is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. The brand is often associated with its most famous product, the Crescent® brand adjustable wrench.

In 1907, Swedish immigrant and inventor Karl Peterson founded the Crescent Tool Company. Soon after that, he introduced America's first open-end adjustable wrench, a revolutionary concept that replaced an entire set of dedicated- size wrenches. The Crescent® adjustable wrench was extremely successful. It was widely imitated but never duplicated. 

The Crescent adjustable wrench became one of the most essential tools in the toolbox of generations of professional tradesmen – well-known and well-regarded as an iconic hand tool that was proven and reliable. In fact, after his historic solo transatlantic flight in 1927, Charles Lindbergh was quoted saying he carried only “gasoline, sandwiches, a bottle of water and a Crescent wrench and pliers.” In the years that followed, Crescent introduced many improvements, making its wrenches lighter, stronger, and more versatile. The brand grew to include many more sizes and types of adjustable wrenches, plus a wide selection of pliers, mechanics hand tools, and tool sets. 

In 2017, the Crescent brand expanded once again to include four other famous brands from Apex Tool Group. Lufkin, Wiss, Nicholson, and H.K. Porter – now called Crescent Lufkin®, Crescent Wiss®, Crescent Nicholson®, and Crescent H.K. Porter® – became supporting brands under Crescent. This gaveprofessional tradespeople over 2,600 quality tools they could count on to produce professional results … all with the trusted Crescent name. 

Today, professional tradespeople can select from Crescent® wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, mechanics hand tools, and tool sets, Crescent Lufkin® measuring tools, Crescent Wiss® scissors and snips, Crescent Nicholson® files and saws, and Crescent H.K. Porter® cutting tools. A new generation of tradespeople is looking for tools that will help them produce professional results and a new, stronger Crescent is there to answer that call.

With a history of over 100 years of performance, quality, and innovation, Crescent® is holding true to the fundamentals that have made it one of the most trusted names in hand tools worldwide. Crescent is committed to consistently delivering products that exceed customer expectations for quality, durability, performance, and value.


Crescent. Trusted by the Trades.