I stopped by Ace Hardware today to pick up a few small items. As I was
checking out I was surprised to see a display of PINK HAMMERS on the
counter! Apparently it is some kind of breast cancer thing. I asked about
them and was told that there was more pink tools coming. I asked if they
sold any of them and was told two.
I can't imagine this being any kind product that many people would buy. I
think of it almost as a gag item. Anyway, I was a little puzzled by the
whole thing. I know that women in the trades will paint their tools to keep
them from being stolen. But this was no hammer for anybody in the trades.
It was consumer, light weight model.
Maybe it is some kinda publicity thing with the tie in to the breast cancer
research. Would you buy a pink hammer? Not me.
Everyone should get whatever color they like, but I have a feeling that
that look like tools are safer. I don't think I'd prefer a tool that
to let my guard down. I'd prefer red warning stickers to pink. How can
you hand anyone a pink anything, and expect them to take it seriously? ;)
Pink tools sound like the basis for a woodworker's club 'booby' prize
where you award one monthly to the woodworker who can build the most
outlandish woodworking project. Would be great for some laughs.
At one time, there was a line of pink colored tool especially for the
women. It was a psychology thing, hoping they'd be more likely to buy
I wouldn't refuse to use a pink tool, but given the choice between two
equal tools would probably buy the non-pink version.
"The potential difference between the top and bottom of a tree is the
reason why all trees have to be grounded..." -- Bored Borg on
Also, if they have the pink ribbon symbol for the Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation, part of the price goes to research.
My daughter has done the 60 mile walk to raise money and the OverLord
and daughter do the 3 mile for the last few years - in fact this coming
And just yesterday I read an online article about a group with more of
an "in your face" approach (yet light-hearted) about breast cancer
awareness - check out:
Also fortunate to not have had anyone in the family suffer from breast
cancer, but I do support the research.
When I rented space in a cabinet shop where I could only use the space
on off hours, the regular day shift guys (who I got to know pretty
well) somehow seemd to always visit my utility belt and "borrow"
stuff. I once replaced one of those red handled screwdrivers with the
changable tips with one from my daughters toy kit that had a flowered
pattern. They never took it, so I bought some pink spray paint. I
still have a few clamps and squares, etc that are pink.
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