Klein Tools was named the Best Hand Tool Brand for 2014 by readers of the online magazine Tools in Action and editors.

Competing against 17 other brands, Klein Tools took 48 percent of the readers’ votes.

Dan Maxey, senior editor and co-founder of the magazine and www.toolsinaction.com, said Klein’s well-renowned, high-quality tools earned the company the award.

“Ask any electrician and I can almost guarantee that they have a Klein tool in their bag,” Maxey said. “Professionals rely on quality tools for their living, and Klein tools are top-notch quality.”

Klein’s positive recognition is also a result of the company’s longstanding reputation of superiority, said Greg Palese, vice-president of marketing at Klein Tools.

 “For 158 years, Klein Tools has been using the highest quality materials, superior workmanship, and U.S. manufacturing for the vast majority of its hand tools to uphold its rigorous standards,” said Palese. “This award demonstrates that Tools in Action readers and editors know that when you pick up a Klein, it will never let you down.”