The Stanley Works, originally a bolt and door hardware manufacturing company located in New Britain, Connecticut; was founded in 1843 by Frederick T. Stanley. A few years later, in 1857, Frederic's cousin, Henry Stanley, founded The Stanley Rule and Level Company. In 1920, The Rule and Level Company merged with The Stanley Works and would go on to become its famous Hand Tools Division.

From the timeless Classic 199 'Stanley Knife', a design icon of the 20th century, to the new range of 'FatMax®' hand tools, innovation and quality are synonymous with the STANLEY® name. STANLEY® is the number one brand for tools - demanded for their performance by professionals, enthusiasts and DIYers alike.

STANLEY® in the 21st century is much more than just knives. In addition to the world famous hand tools, the STANLEY® range now includes paint brushes and rollers, pneumatic fastening solutions, mechanics' tools, clothing and respiratory masks.