Company History

Since 1854, Warwood tools have helped shape our nation’s history.

From coal mining tools that helped fuel the Industrial Revolution to railroad and other tools used to build the US transportation infrastructure, to our famous entrenching mattock used extensively in World Wars I and II for digging fox holes and trenches, Warwood tools have been trusted by generations of hard-working Americans. In fact, American soldiers have relied on Warwood tools in every war since the Civil War. As a testament to our rich history, our manufacturing facility was recently featured on the History Channel’s documentary The Men Who Built America.

In 1854, immigrant Henry Warwood moved to Martins Ferry, OH after spending years in the Pittsburgh steel mills to found The Warwood Tool Co. He built his namesake as a coal mine and gardening tool supply company, but as the landscape of America changed, the company adapted to additionally provide tools for railway maintenance, construction, and oil & gas industries. Warwood Tool moved to Wheeling, WV in the early 1900's where they were initially surrounded by bucolic farmland. As a town quickly sprang up around the manufacturing facility along the banks of the Ohio River, it was named Warwood in honor of the forging company. The town of Warwood still thrives to this day.

Although much has changed since 1854, our unwavering focus on high-quality tools remains the same.

  • We are still a family-owned and -operated company. In 162 years of operation Warwood Tool has only changed ownership 6 times. Family is still a focus at the company where CEO Mike Carl, President Logan Hartle, and Vice President Phillip Carl prioritize and honor the traditions and skilled labor of the employees present, and owners past. Warwood Tool will always produce a 100% American sourced and manufactured product, where small town roots meet a global platform.
  • We still employ hard-working Americans who take great pride in their work. Our employees are highly skilled and experienced at their craft. It is a great compliment that we have multiple generations from the same family working together in our factory.
  • We still manufacture what we believe is the best quality hand forged product made in the USA. We don’t take short cuts. We only use the highest quality American steel. We use a time-tested, labor-intensive manufacturing process that delivers the very best hand tool available today. Working closely with our loyal customers, we have developed an extensive product line that ensures you’ll find the right tool for your job.

You could certainly find a cheaper tool, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better one.

Pick up one of our tools – feel the quality and history in your hands.