All things being equal I try to always buy American. And oftentimes I’m willing to spend more to buy American. But sometimes I just get lucky. Like with the Park BBT-9. Of course I know that Park makes most of their stuff in the USA. But I wasn’t really thinking about it when I bough this Park BBT-9 on Amazon. Somehow I ended up with two bikes with these goofy external bbs and needed them off stat. So when I got it two days later I was pleasantly surprised to see the Made in the USA on the package!
You can definitely spend more (or less) on allens, but you won’t do better than Bondhus Balldriver® L-wrenches. I’ve been using them for thirty years and they are pretty much the standard as far as I’m concerned. And they are proudly made in the USA! From the Bondhus About Us page:
Bondhus Corporation is located in Monticello, Minnesota – USA; about 40 minutes from Minneapolis. Bondhus employees are proud of our Company and the tools we make. Our Ball, Hex, and TORX® tools are made in our Monticello manufacturing facility, just across the street from the Mighty Mississippi River.
The set of nine (1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10mm) on the left is available at Amazon.
This is my favorite hand cleaner. It doesn’t totally trash your hands with chemicals like some of the more commercial stuff. It claims to be “100% natural and biodegradable”–Rivendell says it’s made out of wood pulp. Someone told me that Phil Wood simply repackages a product that is available for a lot less, but I haven’t found it–if someone does, let me know. Anyway, made in the USA!
I picked up this awesome Zog’s headset wrench at Interbike sometime in the mid-90s and had assumed the company had gone the way many of other small, US-based manufacturing companies. But no, these thin, laser cut tools are still being made in Oregon under the name Thinwrench. Very cool!