It caught me as a surprise that Crescent, most well-known for their hand tools, is coming out with new open-top tool bags. The two new Crescent Tradesmen tool bags are said to be ideal for everyday use in rugged conditions.
We found two sizes of Crescent open-top tool bags, 14″ (CTB1410) and 17″ (CTB1710). Both have polypropylene bases for moisture and impact resistance. The bags are also made with 1680D polyester, metal hardware, and a high visibility orange interior.
Both tool bags feature a large metal handle and a removable shoulder strap.
The two Crescent open-top tool bags both feature internal and external pockets for hand tool organization, and a partition in the middle divides the bags for more organizational options.
Launch Price: $100 for the 14″ tool bag, $110 for the 17″ tool bag
Updated Pricing (4/28/21): $70 for the 14″ bag, $85 for the 17″ bag
As far as open-top tool totes go, the new Crescent bags seem to have features indicative of premium build quality. The pricing seems a little high for the brand, but maybe they went for a no-compromise “go big or don’t bother” philosophy.
Most other less expensive tool totes that I’m familiar with don’t have partition panels, and also seem to be built with two horizontal panels and two side panels all fastened together. Just looking at product photos for the Crescent, the corners are rounded, giving the tool bag a more continuous appearance. Depending on the internal construction, this could make it more durable over time. There also appears to be an internal frame along the upper/outer edge, which would increase rigidity.
The new Crescent tool bags are positioned between entry-priced and basic-featured tool totes, such as from Custom Leathercraft, and more premium options from Veto Pro Pac. At least from the product imagery, Crescent’s claims of “ideal for everyday use in rugged conditions” look to be reflected in the tool bags. Looks aren’t everything, but I’m optimistic, and I don’t think that Crescent would want to enter the tool storage market on a weak foot.