The nose pad arms look like they’ve been steam rolled. In one quick action, you can put the correct curve back into that pad arm. Place the plier’s concave jaw where you want the curve and the opposite jaw will press the arm into perfect shape. Actually, kind of brilliant.
Spring Hinge Plier Kit – Premium Model #2018
Hold. That. Open.
Stop frustrating yourself. This is the spring hinge mounting tool that really works. This simple to use tool set allows you to extend the spring hinge barrel and hold it in the extended position. The self-locking plier makes it easy to align the temple with the frame front and insert the hinge screw. Single handedly assemble those frustrating spring hinge frames in seconds.
This updated model allows you to safely and quickly open several types of spring hinges. Watch our demonstration video and be dazzled.
"One of the many nice things about owning the factory is that I can make product improvements whenever I want. As eyewear styles change regularly in both fashion and hardware a tool’s design needs to stay current. That’s what occurred when the US Military contacted us with a problem. They had been using our Spring Hinge Plier for years and loved it. Yet, lately the spring hinges that were on their frames didn’t work with the original plier. They sent me a few samples and I made a change to the jaw of the plier so it would still work on the original hinge as well as the new style. Time for an upgrade to Spring Hinge Plier Kit 2.0"
Tool Magnetizing Block #2184
Insert. Charge. Magnetize.
Totally Cool! Charge Your Tools!
We’ve figured out a way to get around the fact that the type of steel used to make pliers and driver blades cannot be permanently magnetized. This is the easy and efficient way to continuously provide a magnetic charge to drivers, tweezers and pliers to pick up those small screws and findings.
Holds 12 tools (not included). Measures 2-1/2" H x 3" diameter. A Western exclusive!
"Often I am asked, “Why can’t screwdriver blades be magnetized?” Here’s the answer. They can be… (pause for effect)…but they just can’t be permanently magnetized. It has to do with the type of steel used to make blades: soft enough to be stamped into shape and strong enough to be able to be hardened. That translates to low iron content steel and it is the iron that holds the magnetic charge. The key is to keep applying a magnetic charge to the steel when not in use and it will hold the charge for when it is in use. That’s what this little guy does."
Shootout Frame Repair Multi-Tool Kit #2042
The Swiss Army Knife of Opticians.
Western’s engineering solution that saves you time six ways: punches out hinge and eyewire screws, re-establishes a screwdriver slot in a damaged screw head, flares or peens the screw end and can replace a hinge screw with a QuikFix Rivet.
The Shootoutarms you with the most power available in a hand tool. The patented lever mechanism takes a gentle squeeze and transforms it into the controlled power needed to easily eject broken screws and reduce damage to the barrel.
TheShootout is simple to align and comfortable to grip even for the smallest hands. Kit includes precision hand tool and complete set of punches and anvils. 8 5/8" long. US Patent #6,006,410.
Insider Info from Joshua
"The head tool buyer for a very large chain came to me one day at a trade show and asked what we had for punching out screws. We had nothing. For the remainder of the show I asked our clients if punching out screws was a 'thing'. Sure enough, it happens more often than I imagined. Building a better solution to what was available was the engineering challenge. Making it reliable and user friendly came after several evolutions. The additional features making it a 'multi-tool' came from customer input."
Temple Tamer – Pkg of 2 #2084/2
Do your fingers a favor!
Bend and straighten ear pieces comfortably. Be kind and stop burning your fingers by letting this handy tool take the heat and do the work. Easy to straighten an ear piece, replace the temple tip and curve it back into position.
Insider Info from Joshua
"One of the products we manufacture is the Hot Box frame warmer and we use it often to test certain eyewear materials. Some of these materials need to get very hot before they can take an adjustment. This really gets tough on the fingers. To help save our fingers and yours, I wanted to come up with a handy and easy solution. By the way, The Temple Tamer is the first product we designed and made using 3D printing."
Stealth Driver #2050
The Driver That Adjusts To You.
Stop pointing your elbow skyward when turning a screw. The most comfortable driver ever! Designed so your arm can be in a more natural position by having the driver head swivel and pivot to always fit securely in the palm of your hand. Ergonomic design eliminates wrist and elbow fatigue. Blades are held in place with a magnet for easy switching. Steel and brass construction. Uses standard replacement driver blades. Includes standard screwdriver blade. 4-5/8" long. US Patent #6,145,982.
Western Optical Tip
Insider Info from Joshua
"I was at a lab inserting lenses into metal frames when I found that I am not as young as I used to be (surprise!). My arm was aching from having to keep it raised when using a screwdriver. To be able to lower my elbow, something on the driver would have to adjust to my angle. A day at a lathe and the Stealth was born."
Combo Pad Arm/Nose Pad Adjusting Plier – Premium Model #2035
Two Pliers In One.
Your dispensing table is crowded and you don’t like reaching for two pliers when one will do. We get it. So we combined the nose pad and nose pad arm adjusting functions into one plier. Specially designed jaws safely grab and adjust the nose pad and box while the unique jaw tips securely pinch the pad arm to adjust its curvature.
Modern lens material is very soft and during the edging process there might be a little swarf remaining where the bevel meets the surfaces. You want to remove this excess material and not run the risk of scratching the lens.
The curved edges on this blade help keep it balanced on the edge of the lens. We built in fine, squared tips for cleaning out the groove of a nylon cord rimless.
Made in the USA of spring steel mounted into a carbon steel nickel plated handle.
Rimlon Harpoon #2089
The Tool You’d Make Yourself... If You Had A Machine Shop.
Releasing a rimlon cord can be frustrating. You need something very thin, chiseled and strong. Here it is. Easier removal/inserting of the rimlon cord out of/in to the lens groove.
"For years there were two ways to work with semi-rimless nylon cords. The tool with the hook that goes under the cord and hooks it or a piece of firm ribbon to slide under the cord then wrap around and yank. So we combined the best elements into a stiff thin metal wedge that slips under the cord. There is also a groove on the forward lip to grab the cord and pull it out of the groove. We’re not going to win any design awards but folks like it."
EZGrip Driver #2350 – #2360
The most comfortable driver that your fingers will ever love.
What it is: An elegant solution for those who have a difficult time holding on to a standard screwdriver and having to give it super-duper torque. Use when you have a stubborn screw to break free or tighten down the final threads.
Exclusive Patented Features
Finger rest: Ergonomically contoured scoop cradles your thumb and opposing pointer finger for a seriously comfortable grip. Whether you have arthritis, large fingers, small fingers, sensitive fingers or a weak grip, EZGrip Drivers will be the most comfortable driver you have ever experienced.
Cap: Large rotating cap dissipates pressure over a large area in your palm.
Peephole: An opening in the thumb rest lets you see the blade configuration that is normally hidden from view.
Colored handles: Color coded convenience for dispensing stations and designating different blades.
Special nylon based handle material is as durable as aluminum. Handle made in USA. Blades made in USA and Germany. US Patented.
Deluxe Set Six Drivers #2349 –Includes one of each color
Set Six Driver Handles #2360 – Includes one of each color
Deluxe Set Six Drivers #2349 $47.25 Set Six Driver Handles #2360 $15.00 Black - Handle only #2361 $3.00 Black - Standard Flat #2350 $5.25 Black - Fine Tip #2350FT $5.50 Black - Hex Wrench #2350H $6.50 Black - Phillips #2350P $5.75 Black - Phillips/Flat #2350PF $5.75 Black - Screw Extractor #2350SE $5.50 Black - Star Nut Lg #2350SNL $6.50 Black - Star Nut Sm #2350SNS $6.50 Blue - Handle only #2362 $3.00 Blue - Standard Flat #2351 $5.25 Blue - Fine Tip #2351FT $5.50 Blue - Hex Wrench #2351H $6.50 Blue - Phillips #2351P $5.75 Blue - Phillips/Flat #2351PF $5.75 Blue - Screw Extractor #2351SE $5.50 Blue - Star Nut Lg #2351SNL $6.50 Blue - Star Nut Sm #2351SNS $6.50 Green - Handle only #2363 $3.00 Green - Standard Flat #2352 $5.25 Green - Fine Tip #2352FT $5.50 Green - Hex Wrench #2352H $6.50 Green - Phillips #2352P $5.75 Green - Phillips/Flat #2352PF $5.75 Green - Screw Extractor #2352SE $5.50 Green - Star Nut Lg #2352SNL $6.50 Green - Star Nut Sm #2352SNS $6.50
Red - Handle only #2364 $3.00 Red - Standard Flat #2353 $5.25 Red - Fine Tip #2353FT $5.50 Red - Hex Wrench #2353H $6.50 Red - Phillips #2353P $5.75 Red - Phillips/Flat #2353PF $5.75 Red - Screw Extractor #2353SE $5.50 Red - Star Nut Lg #2353SNL $6.50 Red - Star Nut Sm #2353SNS $6.50 White - Handle only #2365 $3.00 White - Standard Flat #2354 $5.25 White - Fine Tip #2354FT $5.50 White - Hex Wrench #2354H $6.50 White - Phillips #2354P $5.75 White - Phillips/Flat #2354PF $5.75 White - Screw Extractor #2354SE $5.50 White - Star Nut Lg #2354SNL $6.50 White - Star Nut Sm #2354SNS $6.50 Yellow - Handle only #2366 $3.00 Yellow - Standard Flat #2355 $5.25 Yellow - Fine Tip #2355FT $5.50 Yellow - Hex Wrench #2355H $6.50 Yellow - Phillips #2355P $5.75 Yellow - Phillips/Flat #2355PF $5.75 Yellow - Screw Extractor #2355SE $5.50 Yellow - Star Nut Lg #2355SNL $6.50 Yellow - Star Nut Sm #2355SNS $6.50
Western Optical Tip
Insider Info from Joshua
"We make a lot of products in our facility in Santa Fe and I’m not much for sitting in front of a computer screen. Often I am out building displays or Hot Boxes, using a lot of hand tools. Now that the Social Security Administration is sending me monthly checks, my hands aren’t able to grasp a straight shaft screwdriver like they used to. Ouch! So, I took our TruBlue driver and some modeling clay and gave it wings so I could hold it more comfortably and give it a good amount of torque. That worked so well I had to make several more for each member of the crew. Then I made them in colors for you and then, the US Government gave me a patent."
Rimless Tube Stripper – Budgetool Model #3027
The Great Finger Nail Saver.
Having to replace the compression tubing on a rimless frame can be a huge chore if you don’t have the proper tools. One particularly tedious step in the process is removing the tubing from around the barbed posts. With this tool you effortlessly cut through the tube without biting into the metal post. The cutting blade gap is adjustable so you set the proper cutting depth. Use the slot in the jaw to remove the cut tube from the post.
"I was working on the Post Pushing Plier #5121F and having to repeatedly remove the plastic from the compression rimless posts. My fingernails lasted about five posts and then I went for the straight edge razor. Scared the heck out of me! All I wanted to do was to safely cut the tube down to the post and strip it off without bleeding or destroying my nails. This tool saves you from all that."
Lens Splitting Plier – Concorde Model #5027
Removing demo lenses from frames can be annoying and sometimes painful.
This plier isn’t subtle. Place the pointed jaw in the middle of the lens and squeeze. The lens will break and fall out of the eyewire. Great for removing display lenses from rimlon frames in a snap!
"This plier grows out of numerous requests to be able to remove demo lenses without hurting your fingers or the frame. Originally demo lenses just popped out, sometimes when you didn’t want them to. Now, with more accurate production those suckers are in there. Here’s a tool to match the energy needed to dislodge the lens. I found the most expeditious method to be splitting the lens. Shield your eyes and hold the plier and eyewear away from yourself and others."
Universal Nut Grabber #5070 – #5075
Original. Best. Has A Fun Name.
This is the driver you shouldn’t work without! As the size and shape of lock nuts proliferates so does your collection of nut drivers. How many times a day do you try driver after driver and never find one that grabs the nut? Western has ended your search.
The expandable jaw automatically grips any size or shape lock nut, hex nut, star nut, cap nut or round nut. The more pressure you apply, the tighter the grip on the nut.
The Universal Nut Grabber is the one driver that does it all. 3-3/4" long.
Available in two models:
#5070 – Solid, all-metal construction for continuous laboratory use. $24.95
#5075 – Injection molded plastic exterior for office use. $19.95
"The main motivation for Western to attend a trade show is to get to meet our customers and to hear about their dispensing challenges. For many years our clients would ask when was I going to design one wrench to handle any shape or size nut? I kept thinking about it but couldn’t come up with a truly universal design. Then, one day, I was exploring an artist’s supply store and noticed the tools for holding charcoal and lead. Using that as my inspiration, I designed the Universal Nut Grabber."
Double Delrin Jaw Plier – Parallel Jaws Model #5115
With Delrin plastic on both jaws, this is the plier to use to grip plastic or metal frames when bending temples. Use on any part of the frame as these jaws won’t mar the finish. Strong Delrin pads are only 8mm wide, allowing you to get into restricted spaces. The pads are dovetailed onto the jaw so replacing them is quick and easy.
You can stop hurting your fingers now. Instead of forcing a push-in style nose pad into the box, use this plier to gently pop the pad into place. Insert the pad between the plier’s jaws, align with the box and squeeze the pad into place without moving either the nose pad box or pad arm out of adjustment.
"This is the complement to the #8032S Nose Pad Popping Plier. You can accidentally bend the nose pad arm when taking the pad out and also when trying to insert the pad. This little gem lets you replace the pad without messing up the arm and having to readjust the glasses. A MicroTool design to help you use as little pressure as necessary."
Nose Pad Popping Plier – MicroTool Model #8032
Align. Squeeze. Pop.
You need to replace a pair of nose pads. If you are lucky, the pads will just drop out when you try to remove them. If you are not, you will have to wrestle them out of the box changing the position of the nose pad box and arm. With this plier a quick change stays quick without having to do a readjustment. Slip the pronged jaw between the pad and the box and let the hooked jaw pop out the pad.
" his plier inspiration came from hanging around busy dispensaries. A patient comes in for a nose pad swap. Should take a few moments of pleasant banter and it’s done. Yet a simple procedure turns complicated as the nose pad arm gets bent out of shape while trying to dislodge the pad. Now the frame needs to be readjusted. This little plier will pop out the pad without moving the arm. We made it a MicroTool because we didn’t want you to use too much effort to get the pad out"