King Tool - About Us

King Tool division of Central Tools
456 Wellington Avenue
Cranston, RI 02906

Toll Free: (800) 866-5287

Phone: (401) 467-8211

Fax: (401) 461-5670


Our goal at King Tool is to manufacture the finest quality Made in USA tools for the professional and amateur metal worker, mechanic, surveyor, sportsman and hobbyist .

About King Tool:

It all started in 1977 when Clarence Emerson and Jan Young went to help the widow of Len King, late owner of the King Gauge Co. Sally King could not keep up with orders after her husband passed away.

Later that year Clarence and Jan purchased the business from Sally and continued to run it as King Gauge
until September of 1978 when Jan Young was bought out by Clarence Emerson, at that time stock was sold for the new company King Tool Inc.

King Tool was moved from it’s humble beginnings on US Forest Service property in the mountains south of Bozeman Montana to it’s first location in the old PictSweet Foods Pea Cannery building in Bozeman. In 1986 King Tool was moved to a new building on 20 acres just west of Bozeman and continued through September 2015 .

King Tool Inc. was managed by the Emerson family since that time, first by Clarence ( President) then by his daughter Susan (Vice President) who also started working in the business in 1978, under King Gauge , several other family members have worked at the business over the thirty years that it has been incorporated. 

In September 2015 the assets of King Tool were acquired by Central Tools, Inc. a leader in the automotive tool aftermarket and the operations were moved to Cranston, RI.

King Tool holds U.S. patents for several tools. Most notably our 4 way pick set which has numerous imitators but none have been able to duplicate our O-Ring removing pick.

We would like to thank all of our customers, Retail, Wholesale and Distributors for your continued support through the years. Central Tools looks forward to serving you and we look forward to continue manufacturing quality U.S.A. made products for your use.