You might have heard about Martinez Tools before, and if not, you’re definitely missing out.
I just got off the phone with Mark Martinez, the owner and founder of the company, and wanted to share a couple of things while everything was still fresh in mind.
1. Everything Martinez Tools Does is Personal
Recently, in talking about 12 years of ToolGuyd, I discussed how I aim to give you the reader experience and content quality that I seek out as a reader.
Mark Martinez and Martinez Tools holds similar ideals. Mark spent many years as a contractor, and this experience factors into his approach in designing new tools and solutions.
There are no corporate shareholders or retail distributors to appease, just Martinez Tools and their users.
This is a refreshing and unfortunately rare approach in the hand tool market.
I have watched over the years, as Martinez Tools’ offerings expanded beyond hammers, to include squares, pry bars, and tool pouches, and more innovations are on the way.
Martinez isn’t designing gimmicks, he’s not looking for the easy holiday season “giftable tool” cash-grab, he’s out to make better tools. Why? Because YOU deserve better tools.
For Martinez Tools to offer a new tool, he must be 100% pleased with its design. Because, if Mark Martinez isn’t pleased with a tool, how could he expect you to be?
This is Martinez’s legacy. His name is on the tool, and you can be damned sure that this means something.
2. Better Tools Make Better Tradesmen
This notion seems to go against the grain of common sayings. After all, isn’t it said that a true chef can whip up wonders regardless of the knives and pans available to them, a great photographer can capture awe-inspiring images regardless of the camera, and that a master craftsman can work wonders regardless of the tools at their disposal?
But still, better tools make better tradesmen.
Mark Martinez created the first Stiletto titanium hammers, which have been praised over the years for being much easier on users’ bodies than traditional steel framing hammers. There was – and is – a difference that you could feel.
After selling Stiletto to Milwaukee Tool, Martinez was done with hammers, and he was done with tools. He got back into the tool business unexpectedly, because there was still room for improvement.
Now, Martinez Tools’ titanium hammers have an even more revolutionary design, with a titanium handle, user-replaceable grip, and interchangeable steel head. As shown in the image above, you get titanium where you need it, and steel where you want it.
The hammers are modular, and can be easily serviced should you ever need to repair or swap any of the components.
Every new tool Martinez comes out with is designed to be better than anything that came out before it.
Take one of their squares, for example, and throw it off a moving train. It might lose some of its luster, but it’ll keep square. How many other makers of high-precision squares can say the same?
Or, take their flat pry bar. Yes, it’s priced at a premium, but it’s made from ballistic-grade titanium alloy stock and will outperform steel pry bars. Sure, some of the people buying these tools are loyal customers who started out with one of Martinez’s titanium hammers, but many are also pushing them to their limits, using the pry bars in ways steel bars simply wouldn’t hold up.
With less user frustrations and better results, wouldn’t you agree that better tools make better tradesmen?
Most of Martinez’s tools have a high cost of entry, and it can be hard to justify spending big bucks on tools you might not fully understand. Do you need a titanium hammer? A titanium nail puller? Titanium pry bar? Micro square? You’ll come back when you’re fed up with your steel hammer, deformed nail puller, or broken steel flat bars.
Don’t wait too long though – Martinez Tools are in high demand and they don’t sit on a lot of inventory.
You don’t need any of these tools. But if you want the best, that’s what you’ll find here, and you’re likely to see benefits.
3. The No-Bullshit Customer Relationship
From my recent and earlier conversations with Mark Martinez, I fully trust that his no-bullshit approach is 100% genuine. Customers are everything.
Martinez is not going to sell you on a product, and that’s because he knows it’ll sell itself. And, if you’re not sure any of their tools fit your needs, you can look to the growing community of Martinez Tool users for their recommendations and hands-on feedback.
Martinez Tools’ products can be pricey, as they are made in the USA of premium materials, and in relatively small production batches. But, that’s what it takes to produce a quality product.
Let’s say you make the jump, and for whatever reason, a Martinez tool isn’t right for you. They’ll want to hear about it, and if you haven’t beaten up the tool too heavily, there’s an unspoken money-back guarantee.
But, their no-bullshit relationship works both ways. Don’t jump on a pry bar or use a cheater bar, and then send the abused and broken tool back back for warranty replacement expecting no questions asked, you will be called out on it.
Martinez Tools are designed by a tradesman for tradesmen.
Mark Martinez is the most available tool designer I have ever met. Take advantage of this – if you have a question, ask, and be prepared for an honest answer. Mark has surrounded himself with long-time trusted partners, but don’t be surprised if you hear from him directly, thanks to his hands-on approach.