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The Kaiser Tool Company (Fort Wayne, Indiana) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Thinbit grooving tools line in 2014. Though the company was founded in 1964 by William and Hazel Kaiser, Mr. Kaiser began developing the small grooving tools in the couple’s garage and attic in the 1950s. According to the Kaisers, such tools were not widely available at the time and ordering custom grooving tools was expensive and time-consuming. The Thinbit line was created as a result, offering a selection of tools ranging from 0.010" to 0.050" in 0.001" increments.
Today, Kaiser Tool employs more than 40 employees and produces nine different lines of cutting tools, including the Thinbit, Microbit and Littlebit lines. Its products are sold in the United States and 20 other countries worldwide.