Wayne wrote in with a question about Lowe’s Blue Hawk tool brand:
Do you know who is the manufacturer of these tools… looked everywhere for who really makes them!!!
Great question, Wayne, and thanks for the email!
Blue Hawk is Lowes’ entry-level tool brand. Consider their house brand of Kobalt tools. Based on the pricing and basicness of Blue Hawk tools, I would say that they’re positioned as more budget-friendly options.
Who makes Blue Hawk tools? Well, who makes Kobalt tools? The answer: many different OEMs.
Most of the Blue Hawk tools that I’ve seen are quite generic, with no special features or distinguishing features. This makes it difficult to identify them. (The same is true for a lot of entry-level tool offerings.)
There are some private label tools, under Craftsman, Kobalt, and Husky brands, which can be easily traced to an OEM tool maker, such as Western Forge.
Maybe it’s possible to trace the tools to their OEMs through the UPC codes, but that would take a lot of detective work.
I hate to leave my answer as *shrug, I don’t know*, but I really don’t have a clue.
I’ve bought maybe one or two Blue Hawk tools in the past, and I was happy with the performance for what I paid. I think one of them was a USA-made Robertson (square) screwdriver. Or maybe that was a Kobalt.