4th of July weekend Specials

Sale runs to Sunday at midnight (July 8th)

NORSEMAN NITRIDE-CRYOGENIC TREATED 29 PC DRILL BIT SET (CT-29P)

Regularly: $144.10    Sale Price: $99.95

NORSEMAN ULTRA BIT MULTI DIAMETER STEP DRILL SET

Regularly: $140.60        Sale Price: $99.95

NORSEMAN SILVER AND DEMING 118 DEGREE SPLIT POINT REDUCED SHANK DRILL SET

Regularly: $299.95      Sale Price: $157.50


5% off all Wright sets


3 PC USA SUPER BAR SET

Regularly: $15.50         Sale Price: $10.00

2 PC DIAMOND AUTO WRENCH SET 15″ & 11″

Regularly: $79.95       Sale Price: $37.50

20 PIECE USA CRAFTSMAN PUNCH AND CHISEL SET – Regularly: $48.00        Sale Price: $40.00

15 PIECE HUSKY USA SCREWDRIVER SET

Regularly: $32.50     Sale Price: $25.00

CONSOLIDATED DEVICES TORQUE WRENCH 3/8″ DRIVE

Regularly: $50.00        Sale Price: $37.50

6 PIECE USA FILE SET

Sale Price: $33.00


DT SK 3 PC RATCHET SET (10% off)

Sale Price: $140.27

Buy a 3/8” or ½” SK impact socket set, get ¼” standard 12 pc set for free (31010) (Note: This does not apply to closeout sk socket sets)

and finally if you buy $500 of SK you’ll get a 7 pc stubby wrench set for free (86247)

A TRIP TO WILDE TOOL CO.


Took a trip yesterday to Wilde Tool and learned a lot about this great family tool company. (Thanks everyone for showing me around!) I got some good video of their manufacturing processes and hopefully will put something together in the next month or so. In the meantime, there’s a lot of pictures to look at, and I scanned in one of their old catalogs from 1958.
 


If you are reading this and thinking, “I’ve never heard of these guys. Whose Wilde?” it’s probably because they do most of their business as a private labeler, so there’s a good chance you’ve used a Wilde tool and didn’t even know it. They make stuff for Craftsman, Snap-On, Armstrong, Proto, Blackhawk and others. Back in the day they made tools for Western Auto and Montgomery Ward, just to name a few.

 


Wilde was started in 1922 right here in Kansas City by two brothers that came up with the idea for angling the nose of a pliers 32 degrees. They took this one idea, invested everything into it, and soon had a whole line of pliers and other tools they were making. They moved the plant to Hiawatha Kansas and have been there ever since.


These guys are dedicated to making professional quality American made tools at an affordable price. Since they’re a small company, they’re very good at streamlining their manufacturing process to reduce cost without sacrificing the quality of their pliers. And they don’t just make pliers. They make punches, chisels, pry bars, all sorts of tools.


Wilde is working on a new website and a lot of exciting new projects, so I’ll keep you updated as they come out. We want to start carrying a lot more from them and will be adding more and more of their tools to our catalog as time goes on.

WE’VE GOT A LAKE!

 

So a small lake has been forming for the last three or four months next to us in the parking lot of The Lucas Place. If you are not familiar with The Lucas Place, it is a owned by a delinquent landlord in California and has been vacant for sometime. It used to house some important Kansas City businesses like Geno Shiraldi’s Pizza, The Edge and HOK, but is now used exclusively as a bathroom for homeless people. Such are the joys of having your business in downtown Kansas City. People walking down the sidewalk will stop and take pictures.  Some throw money in. It has started to get quite a following, so if you don’t have any plans this memorial day, or if the Lake of the Ozarks seems too far away, come on down. We’re not sure who put up the sign, but we like it.

EPSTEIN’S STICKER COLLECTION

I’m not sure how it got started but one day there was a union sticker on our front store and the next day there were two more, and it’s been steadily growing ever since. I recently got a letter in the mail from one of our customers in Louisiana, that asked that we put his Millwright stickers up. (Thanks Paul.) I’m not sure where this collection is going, but it looks like it’s forming a pyramid.

BONES LIONBERGER

 


Bones was an old customer of ours. He was an ex-professional wrestler turned junk man and a collector of pretty much everything. He would often come in the store dressed in red, white and blue overalls and talk to Harry about his latest find. In his house he had an entire room filled with blown up inflatables, another room filled with old record players. He had a complete 1890′s bar, a closet full of pocket watches, and bags full of women’s button up shoes, and that’s just scratching the surface of all the cool old stuff he packed away. I found his business card in one of the desks here at work and thought I should post it.

A BRICK WALKS INTO A WINDOW AND SAYS…


So someone threw a brick through our window last night and I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss the various theories of how this could have happened. The first theory I’d like to look at is what I call the “drunken sponge theory”. Basically it supposes that there was a drunk guy stumbling through our neighborhood last night. He stopped at our window and noticed how it looked a little spotty, as we don’t have them cleaned that often. Mistaking a brick for an oversized red sponge, he proceeded to try and clean the window. While most people clean in circular motions, this guy apparently cleans by throwing sponges at things. When he realized his mistake, he ran off in a confused state of exuberant drunkenness. (Note: For equalities sake it could also have been a drunken woman who didn’t know how to clean.)
 


While there are many points that I like about the “drunken sponge theory”, I don’t think it holds up, which leads me to theory number two, or what I like to call, “The Empire Strikes Back Theory.” This theory maintains that after consistently being beaten on price and customer service, Amazon.com dispatched some minions to try and scare us away from selling our American made tools online. They reached deep into their enormous wealth and bought a brick which was flown to Kansas City, hid in a briefcase and collected at a marked “drop point” where two men in business suits and dark glasses picked it up. These were not just ordinary men, they were professionally trained brick throwers, and at exactly 6:35, they tossed a brick through our window. Afterward they met at a predetermined rendezvous spot where much paper work was filled out and they were paid in the sum of $100,000.

 


The hole in the “Empire Strikes Back Theory” is that if Amazon would’ve carried out this maniacal plan, they most likely would have outsourced the brick from India or China, and if someone would’ve tried to throw a Chinese brick through our window, the brick most likely would’ve crumbled when it hit the glass. This leads me to my final theory or what I like to call, “The someone is a real dick theory.” This theory supposes that someone is a real dick. I like this theory for its clear simplicity and its practicality. I explained all three theories to the police when they showed up and they also concurred with theory number three. But which one do you think? Write us and and let us know your theory.

WILDE WEDNESDAY!

 
The guys over at Garagejournal have come up with a special event that they’ve called, “Wilde Wednesday.” This wednesday support local manufacturing by purchasing some Wilde tools. People are into locally grown foods, so why not locally made tools? Located in Hiawatha Kansas, they started in Kansas City on Southwest Blvd, but got tired of their factory flooding every time it rained. They moved out to Hiawatha Kansas and have been there ever since.

 


You might not have heard of Wilde tools, but you most likely have used them. That’s because Wilde makes a lot of tools for larger companies like Craftsman, Armstrong, Snap-On, etc. Wilde has never tried to get their name out there because they didn’t want to compete with their own tools. Now that Craftsman is mostly imported though, Wilde wants to step up and let people know that they were the one’s making the great quality USA tools.

 


Tools aren’t made by robots. They’re made by people. When you support a local tool company like Wilde, you are not just buying a great quality tool. You are also supporting all the people that are involved in every level of the company. You are also supporting all the people here at Epstein’s that get your order out to you. You are also supporting Hiawatha and Kansas City and the country in which we live. That’s a lot of supporting for buying one pair of pliers.

 


We have many great closeout deals on Wilde tools as well as regular catalog items. Check out all the Wilde items we sell. And don’t just buy Wilde pliers. Tell people about them. Let people know there is a local tool manufacturer in their neighborhood. Also, look through Wilde’s website. Anything they sell, we can get.

PERFECTION HAS FINALLY BEEN ACHIEVED!

 


For centuries philosophers and religious scholars have argued whether perfection can possibly exist in our earthly physical world. Are we capable of understanding and reaching a state of perfection or is it simply a human abstraction that cannot possibly be achieved? Well debate no more, because we have seen perfection and it is a male urinal. How can we be so sure? Because it says it right on the bottom of the glass.
 

 

It’s even been trademarked, so no one else can make any claims to it.
 


Also, it has two convenient markings on each side, in CC’s and in ounces. Bring home a little piece of perfection today for the low low price of $5.00. (Note: Unfortunately, Perfection has sold out and is no longer available.)