Klein Wide Steel Fish Tape
The name “klein” comes from the German word “kleine”, which means “twist”. The term was coined by American engineer George Klein in 1891. The idea behind it came from the fact that a twist in a rope would make it easier to untie. That’s why Klein developed this type of fishing line with two strands twisted together.
Today, the term “fish tape” refers to any kind of fishing line made out of nylon or polyester. It’s used for many purposes: tying lures, attaching hooks to bait, securing lines around floats and other equipment, and even making clothing bands. The most common uses are for holding lines in place while they’re being fished or attached to gear. There are several types of fish tape available today; some are stronger than others.
Nylon fishing line is one of the strongest materials known to man. It can withstand tremendous forces without breaking down. However, it does have its drawbacks: nylon tends to stretch when wet and may not hold up well against abrasion if you’re working in rough water conditions. Nylon fishing line is also expensive because it requires a great deal of energy to produce, so manufacturers don’t usually offer it at low prices (although there are cheaper alternatives).
Another option is to use a double-braided line. These lines are made of two or more braided strands that are then fused together with special heat-setting compounds. The fusion process makes the strands stronger than the sum of their individual strengths. This kind of tape can be very strong, but it’s also more expensive than other types and is more difficult to handle.
The least expensive and most common type of fishing line is made of polyester. It’s easier to work with than other types and is quite strong, as well. The line is color-coded for easy identification, so you can tell which size you need for your project. There are a few different thicknesses, so be sure to choose the one that’s right for your application.
Regardless of the type of tape you use, it’s important to handle it properly. Start by anchoring one end securely; this will prevent the tape from “unwinding” as you pull it out. Then, wrap it around your index finger as you pull, to prevent it from twisting around the fishing line inside. Finally, pull steadily but steadily; if you yank or jerk, you run the risk of snapping the tape.
Klein Tools has specialized in cutting-edge equipment for professionals since 1857. The company was founded by Klein Mauser and Jacob Schmidt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the American Civil War, Jacob’s son Charles joined the company, bringing with him valuable technical knowledge and inventions of his own.
The company started off by manufacturing mining equipment. Their tools were soon in demand by coal miners all over the country. In the twentieth century, Charles’ son Mont rose to company president and guided it into the industrial age by manufacturing high-grade pliers designed for the electrical trade. In 1932, the company launched its first “Beetle” line of pliers and has continued to innovate ever since. Today, the company is owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Mauser family.
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