Crescent Wrenches A to Z

Collection of crescent wrenches runs an alphabetical gamut.

Bahco adjustable wrench Bahco is the producer of the world’s first adjustable crescent-style wrench. After J.P. Johansson, Enkoping, Sweden, won a patent for the wrench on May 11, 1892, he formed an agreement with B.A. Hjorth to manufacture and distribute his wrenches under the name Bahco. Johansson was a prolific inventor with more than 100 patents to his name, including two awarded to him when he was in his late 80s. “Bahco wrenches made before 1910 are hard to find,” collector Joe Greine says. The company remains in business today.
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