Blackhawk by Proto has added 525 items to its already extensive mechanic’s tool line, bringing the total offering to nearly 1600. The additions range from ratchets and socket sets to screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches. In some cases the company has expanded the range of available sizes. In others, it has added features that make the tools more versatile and easier to use. These features include tri-material, composite tool grips that are cushioned for more comfort; and larger, laser etched markings that are easier for the technician to read. Some of the new tools also have features designed to minimize foreign object damage (FOD) to equipment. A centerpiece of the launch is the availability of 40 new sets – Master Sets, General Purpose Tool Sets, Multi-Drive Socket Sets, and Combination Wrench & Socket Sets. Piece counts range from 22 to 1,170 tools. There is a new Pear Head Ratchet with an ultra-compact head design. The head encloses a 72-tooth fine ratcheting gear mechanism, which provides a 5-degree swing arc – perfect for working in tight spaces – and is sealed to minimize FOD concerns. The ratchet comes with an ergonomically designed handle and is available in standard and quick release versions. An innovative new S-shaped Obstacle Wrench accepts several socket and bit adaptors. Each of the line’s new 4Box ratcheting wrenches will accommodate four sizes of fasteners rather than two. That is because each side of the wrench’s two heads fits a different size fastener. The tools are backed with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information call (800) 800-TOOL or visit www.stanleyproto.com.