If I could describe KTC’s Nepros tool brand in one sentence, it would be to say that they offer high quality tools with exquisite aesthetics that are not suited for light wallets.
And now, Nepros has Artisan Gold ratchets.
From what I’ve seen in marketing copy, the Nepros Artisan Gold ratchets, drive tools, sockets, and accessories are gold-plated and feature “superior adhesion, durability, and scratch resistance over standard chrome plating.”
This suggests that, in addition to the tools’ flashy appearance, there are also functional benefits.
The ratchets are available in 3/8″ (above) and 1/4″ (below) sizes.
Nepros is far from being the first brand to do this.
Even Harbor Freight has gone the Midas-touch approach, with a gold-plated Icon ratchet. (Harbor Freight’s gold-plated Icon 3/8″ ratchet is currently still available for $70.)
Okay, so let’s talk pricing.
I purchased a selection of Nepros tools last year for testing and review purposes, and they are indeed every bit as beautiful as everyone says. They work very well, but I always feel terrible when dinging, dropping, or knocking them around.
While the gold-plated ratchets are fully functional, and according to marketing copy the finish might be even better than their typical high-polished chrome, the Artisan collection tools might be better suited as collector’s pieces.