About Us

Who we are and what we do?

Ascend Tools, Inc. (ATi) is a wholesale supplier of superior quality specialty and unique tools.  Our tools are ideal for new prototyping, manufacturing and MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) industries.  Each of the tools in ATi portfolio solves a specific problem thus helping our customers (and their end customers) save time and money.  We supply to a wide range of industries, including marine (recreational & commercial), electrical, telecommunications, aviation, avionics, composites, automotive, electronics, fire safety, security, and sports.  Our B2B supply model serves the distributor community (international/national/regional/local), whereas our B2C model serves the DIY — an ever-growing self-driven and self-motivated community.

Channel: ATi serves its business customers through its reseller, distribution and manufacturer’s representatives.  For brand recognition and customer traction, ATi serves the retail channel (individuals and businesses) through its eCommerce portal and the Amazon marketplace (www.amazon.com/shops/A159M19GSY6B1C).

ATi also works with tool inventors to bring their innovative products to market through its distributor and reseller networks.

ATi is continuously striving to be a reliable partner to its customers through product supply of specialty tools and customer service.

ATi is a certified small and minority owned business.

History

The principals have been involved in this business since 2011.  Other team members and consultants have collective tool industry experience of 42+ years.  One highly valued team member has been with Makita and Stanley for over 34 years.  Another valued team member hails from the marine, composites and manufacturer’s representative industries.  We have consultants associated with ATi who are veterans of the tool industry including SnapOn Tools and Matco Tools.

Vision

Vision 1: To help our customers and their end customers do their job productively and efficiently.

Vision 2: As a tool company our vision is to understand the pain points from our customers and provide specialty tools to help them do their job productively and efficiently.

Mission

Bring specialty and high quality tools suitable to our customer’s needs, empower our employees to establish relationships in serving our customers and grow our business by earning trust, reliance and service.

Core Values

Ascend Tools is focused on working with organizations where there is synergy with our core company values:

Integrity

Operating in an honest, ethical and transparent way is foundational to our company.  It just makes good business and builds healthy and long term relationship.  This way we can establish trust, lead the industry and possibly make contribution to strengthen it.

Innovation

We bring innovation through new technology driven tools.  We learn from our customers and try to help their business by bringing tools to solve problems – whether to make things easier, better or faster OR to introduce a new tool that they have been wanting.  We would like to build our business by challenging standard practices and disrupting status-quo.  Our customers become our partners.  At that point, we believe, they would like to see leading and not following.

Reliability

Our customers should be able to rely on us to serve them.  We have done it before and we will continue to do it.

Excellence

When we hire a new person, we explain how we do business.  We tell them that we believe in being the best we can be and in continually improving.  We ask them to be their best, and lead improvement where and when needed, because that is the only way we can be excellent.

Products

ATi product portfolio consists of hand tools and supporting accessories.  These tools can best be explained in categories or tool lines below:

  1. Heavy Duty, Large Bow High Performance Material Shears: ATi carries a line of shears which efficiently cut materials made from aramid, para / meta-aramid fibers or other high tensile strength elements, such as Kevlar®[1], Dyneema®, Vectran®, Technora®, Spectra®, Twaron®, Nomex®, Conex®, Dacron®, Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber, Spectra/Carbon, Innegra/Fiberglass and other blends which ordinary scissors cannot cut.  These shears only come in 9”, 10” and 11” sizes.  Their blades are made of high carbon alloy steel from Japan and are infused with Molybdenum and Vanadium through a proprietary manufacturing process to harden (HRC 60-62, HCV1200) the cutting blades needed for high-tech materials.  The ergonomically designed large bow (grip-ring) delivers more power with reduced fatigue and wrist strain.  The grips are designed to fit in the power portion of the hand and produces cleaner cut with less effort.  One blade is micro-serrated to avoid slippage and the other can be sharpened to extend life.  The tang on the blades is long to provide cutting efficiency.  These shears are currently being used in marine, composite, aviation, prosthetics, sports and security industries.
  2. High Performance Material Shears: ATi has a line of shears which efficiently cut materials made from aramid, para / meta-aramid fibers or other high tensile strength elements, such as Kevlar®, Dyneema®, Vectran®, Technora®, Spectra®, Twaron®, Nomex®, Dacron®, Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber, and other materials which ordinary scissors cannot cut.  These shears are available in sizes from 8” to 5.5” and are only different from large shears in size.  Their blades have the same technology as the heavy duty shears in section A above.  The blade serrations and tang features are the same as the heavy duty shears in section A.  These tools are currently being used in marine, electrical, fiber cable, telecommunications, aviation, avionics, rope/net, sports, parachute, and fire / rescue industries.
  3. Electrical Cable Cutters, Strippers and Jacket Stripping Knife: These cable cutters, splicer, and cable jacket stripping tools are unique in their performance – sharp blade edges in easy to cut soft electrical wire.  Their blades are made of high carbon alloy steel from Japan and hardened through a proprietary manufacturing process needed for superior performance.  These tools are meant for electrical, telecommunications, video, aviation, electronic / gaming consoles, and home security industries.
  4. Safe-Grip Retractable Comfort-Grip Utility Knife: The market is inundated with utility knives offering valuable features but is short on hand safety.  ATi’s safe-grip knife has a protection guard which protects the knuckles from the work surface.  This product is meant for construction, electrical and all general use purposes.
  5. Multipurpose Shears: These shears are specifically designed to shear off a variety of materials from strapping, to film, tape, packaging, twine, rope, and industrial materials (tarps, poly sheeting, cartons & grow tubes).  These shears are available for light and heavy duty performance.  These are targeted for applications and industries where above stated materials are used.
  6. Stationary Scissors: Stationary scissors are abound and ‘dime a dozen’ as they say.  What is available have a short life and they are cheap due to the material used and ultra-mass production with no customer in mind.  ATi carries stationary scissors made from very high quality stainless steel, blade processing to create a sharp edge and hinge the blade so they create a shearing action for clean and seemingly effortless cuts.  The blades are Teflon coated for non-stick and smooth cutting action.  These are ideal for office, home office, home use, and for art projects to cut all stationary items such as paper, cardboard, tape, strings, etc.
  7. Garden / Horticulture Hand Tools: Garden hand tools are dime a dozen too; the market is flooded with sub-quality tools and some are made by highly reputable companies like Felco.  ATi’s garden tools are premium quality, made with Japanese steel and blades are crafted with metallurgical hardness and proprietary heating process.  To reduce pressure the leverage is high, for safety there is locking mechanism and spring added to reduce fatigue.  These are ideal for home garden, and medium-large corporate landscapes.
  8. Organizer Genie™ – a unique and innovative Tool Organizer with accessories: There are tool organizers and then there is Organizer Genie. Most tool organizers are limited to arranging specific tools like ratchets or sockets. Organizer Genie is modular and flexible so that you can organize sockets, ratchets, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hex keys, bits, scissors, knives, glue guns, small test equipment, and other small tools – all together or in categories. You can be creative and clip on organizer boxes for small screw, nut & bolt organizer boxes.
    In addition Organization Genie has applications wherever any items need organization, for example, repair truck interior, 3d printing shops, tailoring shops, kitchen organization, and more.
    Everyone with a passion for their prized tools should be able to spend time using them and no time finding them. Organizer Genie will keep your garage, workshop, or shed neat and clean.
    Organizer Genie comes with a host of accessories to scale up the organization area; such as pegboards, clips, holders, adjustable holders, hanging rods, hooks, etc.  New accessories are continuously under development and will be introduced upon availability.
  9. Innovative and Unique Tools: ATi is in partnership with tool inventors who innovate through their experiences in their respective line of vocation.  These are technology driven and intuitively designed tools to serve technicians and workmen/women solve problems in the area of plumbing, gardening, trenching, and painting.

[1] DuPont™ and KEVLAR® are registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates.

Dyneema® is a registered trademark of DSM.

Vectran® is a registered trademark of Kuraray Co., Ltd., Japan.

Technora® and Twaron® are registered trademarks of Teijin Ltd.

Spectra® is a registered trademark of Honeywell International, Inc.

Dacron® is a registered trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates.

Nomex® is a registered trademark of DuPont.

Conex® is a registered trademark of Conex Universal Ltd..