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Who is Bahco?

130 years of leading the way

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In 1886, our iconic brand was born. Today, it is still a symbol of quality.
Discover the history that goes into every Bahco product.

The Bahco history

Discover the Bahco's 165 years of history.

  • Göran Fredrik Göransson founded Högbo Stål and Jernwerks AB in Sweden to produce the highest quality steel, pioneering the Bessemer process and unknowingly laying the groundwork for our first saw blade.

  • Göran used the high quality steel, previously moulded to make fish hooks, to begin the production of our first saw blades. To communicate their quality, every blade carried the Fish and Hook trademark.

  • Johan Petter Johansson invented the adjustable spanner, which formed the basis for the adjustable wrench - a Swedish invention found all over the world!

  • Berndt August Hjorth bought Enköpings Mekaniska Verkstad in its entirety from Johan Petter Johansson - it shortened it's name to become known as Bahco.

  • The introduction of the bi-metal hacksaw blade Sandflex® heralded a new era in metal-cutting blade technology.

  • Bahco presented ERGO™ screwdrivers. Our tools are the only choice for professionals who know only the best will do.

  • The Tool Management system configurator is winning a silver medal for innovation.

  • Storage Hub State of the art trolley to suit the European standards.

The fish & hook story

So why do... Bahco products carry a fish and a hook?

After Göran Fredrik Göransson had established his steel mill in 1862, the European steel industry in the eighteen seventies had a long depression with low prices for general steel and crude steel products. The prices for processed steel were much better, which created an interest in processing the steel further. In 1876 the existing steel rolling mill was changed to produce so-called milled steel.

When the production of saw blades commenced in 1886 there was a need for a brand, which could communicate the blades' special properties and quality, and the choice was - quite naturally - the fish and hook.

  • Bahco logo in 1886
  • Bahco logo in 1916
  • Bahco logo in 1995
  • Bahco logo in 2018

"Give me the saw with the little fish."

Everybody understood that steel with a quality for fishing hooks was perfect for saws and other cutting tools as well. It was a great advantage, a brand logo not including letters, language or sophisticated figures making it a symbol easy to recognize. As late as the nineteen fifties, one could still hear boreal forest workers asking for a saw "with the little fish"; as is still the case today in countries with developing literacy rates.

A fishing hook must be hard and strong, but absolutely not brittle. At that time producing the combination "hard but tough" was an inconsistent and thorny metallurgic task, but the "Bessemer steel" from Göransson's steel mill delivered optimal quality.

The company behind Bahco

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SNA Europe is the premier pan-European manufacturer of hand tools and saws, part of Snap-on Incorporated.

We design and manufacture tools and saws tailored to the most demanding professionals, focussing our design highly on innovation, performance and ergonomics. As innovators for over 165 years, we have introduced the most advanced tools in the world, and sell through distributors with whom we build long-term partnerships. Bahco products are overwhelmingly manufactured in our own factories located across Europe and offered by our partner distributors to the professionals. To provide the best quality tools to our partners, we are sharing throughout the organization common values on safety, health, quality, ethics.

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