In this blog, we shall explore what are hand tools, their use and their types. Hand tools are powered by the strength and technique of a human hand instead of a motor or any other machine. Proper use and precision are more important than speed of work while using hand tools. Based on the type of work that needs to be done, a craftsman must choose the right kind of hand tools. 

What are the different types of hand tools?

Hand tools are classified on the basis of their application-

  • Holding tools
  • Striking tools
  • Measuring tools
  • Metal cutting tools
  • Grinding tools 
  • Sharpening tools

1. Clamps

Clamps are used to hold objects together in a tight manner to prevent separation or movement during any striking or cutting application. They are generally used in repair jobs or assembling furniture.

2. Pliers

Pliers are almost found in almost every household. They are used to hold objects firmly, bend other materials, and remove unwanted elements. It is also used for bending or straightening wires, cutting wires, removing nails, or simply holding objects firmly in one place. Pliers with needle ends and wire-cutting abilities are one of the best kinds. They are useful in both workshops and homes.

3. Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers play a crucial role in tightening bolts, nuts, and screws. They can be changed according to the size of the bolt and come in a variety of shapes. A lot of households will have multiple screwdriver sets at their disposal. Each has distinct heads and diverse sizes. This makes it simple to tighten or loosen a variety of nuts and screws. Some of the other types of hand tools used for turning and positioning objects would be wrenches a.k.a spanners and Allen keys.

4. Hammers

Hammers are designed to deliver a high amount of force in a small area to provide the required thrust action. It is a long wooden stick, attached to a block of metal. They are flat and round on one side, while it is reasonably sharp on the other end to pluck out nails. It should be made sure that the size and weight of the hammer chosen should match the application.

5. Measuring Tapes

A tape measure is a must-have tool for every craftsman. It is the first item required even before starting to craft a piece of object. Without knowing the required measurements and proper planning, all the engineering and craft tools would become akin to children’s play toys.

6. Files and Rasps

Files and rasps are long tapered rectangular hand tools with individually cut teeth. They are used to smoothen the edges, remove burrs or create a new shape or profile on the object. In some cases, it is used to remove extra material from plastic, wood or even metal. 

How useful are hand tools in different industries?

  • Metalworking and woodworking are jobs that require a lot of hand tools in addition to power tools. Blacksmiths use hammers of various sizes to reshape red hot metals according to their requirements. Carpenters require a variety of chisels and mallets to make furniture products.
  • Hand tools are required even in the jewellery-making industry, as they require an extreme amount of precision in their work. Needle files and a variety of pliers are very common to aesthetically shape the jewellery.
  • Electricians require a wide range of hand tools for their day-to-day work. An electrician’s toolbox would contain a range of screwdrivers and pliers to fix all the household electrical connections.


Even though the world has moved to ‘automatic’, the relevance of manual hand tools still continues to stamp their authority in many applications. Visit M. Gulamali and Sons to fulfil all your hand tools needs and requirements in one place.