To FORGE is to make or shape a metal object by heating it in a fire or furnace and beating or hammering it. (Oxford Dictionary)
To FINISH (according to U.S. EPA definition) is the process of changing the surface of an object, for the purpose of improving its appearance and/or durability.
Forged is generally stronger than cast because forging involves altering the actual grain flow of the steel. As the tool is hammered into shape, the metal’s grain flow conforms to the shape of the tool. Different types of forging use different shaping methods but the end result is the same. Forged tools are very solid, durable and reliable. Unlike cast steel which is more porous and less solid, forged tools have very high structural integrity. Drop forging uses dies to form the steel so tight tolerances can be maintained with consistency. Once forged, continuous furnaces provide optimum hardening.
STAHLWILLE’s forging process allows for identical reproduction with extremely close dimensional tolerances. The chrome plating over nickel makes a non-flaking, beautiful finish.
STAHLWILLE is recognized worldwide for its forging and finishing processes. STAHLWILLE tools are built to tolerances and specifications most tool companies are unwilling (or unable) to meet. STAHLWILLE believes “Forged and Finished in Germany” should be a guarantee of quality. STAHLWILLE knows it’s commitment to keeping all production in Germany, where designers and engineers can closely monitor every process, is more expensive. STAHLWILLE believes true professionals will recognize the quality difference and appreciate the durability, accuracy, and feel of a STAHLWILLE tool.