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Welcome to Bahco

“... [offering] exceptional products to professionals in industry, building & construction, the automotive and green sectors...”

We started to manufacture tools some two centuries ago. Many of the tools that we produce today look very similar to their distant ancestors, yet most are very different. Similar because the human hand has hardly changed at all, but different because the manufacturing processes have changed a great deal. Our design has changed too - because it has been, and continues to be, highly focused on innovation, performance and ergonomics.

Bahco products are overwhelmingly manufactured in our own factories located across Europe, from Scandinavia to Iberia, from the British Isles to the Russian East European plain. Our ambition is to become, and to be recognised as, an unfailing company, professional above all, a company that contributes to peoples’ health, wealth and safety by offering the most valued productivity solutions in the world. This is our ambition for today and for the future.

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

This is a question that has been asked many times, and we are always pleased to tell the story. After Göran Fredrik Göransson established his steel mill in 1862, the European steel industry suffered a long, deep depression with low prices for general and crude steel products in particular. Prices for processed steel were much better.

In 1876 the existing steel-rolling mill was adapted to produce so-called ‘milled steel’. Sales developed quickly and a number of applications for this kind of steel wire were identified. In particular, it proved excellent for producing fishhooks. A fishhook needs to be hard and strong, but absolutely not brittle. At that time, achieving this combination was something of a thorny metallurgical task, but the ‘Bessemer steel’ from Göransson’s steel mill delivered optimal quality on all counts. With the start of the production of saw blades in 1886 there emerged a need for a graphic image that would communicate the blade’s special properties and quality. The choice was - quite naturally - the fish and hook.

Everybody understood that if this steel was the ideal quality for fishhooks, it would be perfect for saws and other cutting tools as well. The image was a great advantage. Because the logo did not include letters, language or sophisticated figures, it was easy for everyone to recognise.

Even today you can still hear workers asking for a saw ‘with the little fish’. The brand is amongst the oldest registered trademarks, and the ‘fish and hook’ icon is still embedded in all Bahco tools as a guarantee that they are of the highest quality, performance and productivity – and developed for professionals.