It appears that Craftsman is bringing back a number of their Professional-branded tools. Previously, certain tools – Craftsman Professional pliers, adjustable wrenches, and other hand tools – disappeared from Sears stores and their online catalog. Others, such as the wrenches and mechanics tools were stripped of their Professional branding and labeled Craftsman full polish.
The shift from Craftsman Professional to Craftsman full-polish happened to coincide with a shift away from USA production. It is unclear whether the return of the Craftsman Professional brand indicates a return of manufacturing back to the USA, but we’ll work to find out.
We reached out to Craftsman for more information but have not heard back from them yet.
If you spot Craftsman Professional tools in stores, please let us know! At the moment it looks like they’re online-only exclusives.