Inside the 2012 International Hardware Fair

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Tool buyers gathered around a demonstration of the Knipex Twin Force cutting pliers. The double-jointed pliers move the fulcrum closer to the cut for a power and ergonomic benefit.

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Exhibitors from 50 countries are taking part in the 2012 International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany, at the sprawling Koelnmesse Convention Center.

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Mary Ross, director of marketing for Annandale, Minn.-based Malco Products, shows off the company’s sheet metal cutter attachment that brings power-tool versatility to a new level.

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Roberto Izaguirre, Arrow Fastener’s new VP international sales, described international growth as one of the “top priorities” for the Saddle Brook, N.J.-based manufacturer.

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Heavily promoted at the fair, the Joker, from Wera, is named for the smile-shaped head. The shape of the wrench, combined with a “limit-stop” plate grabs the nut and keeps it secure.

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Durable? No. Edible? Yes. A vendor from the Chocolate Workshop combines two German passions -- chocolate and hardware.