Trucker's Friend™ - All-Purpose Survival Tool Made in America

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Collections: Best Selling Products, Father's Day, Home Goods, Newest Products, The Great Outdoors

Product type: Outdoor

Vendor: Trucker’s Friend

Tags: Tools & Lifehacks

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Description

Trucker’s Friend – Your just-in-case toolbox on a single handle.

The Trucker’s Friend is a tough, all-purpose tool that combines the essential functions of an axe (fully resharpenable), claw hammer, nail puller, crow bar, wire twist, spanner wrench, grapple hook, tire chain hook and more. Keep it in your, vehicle, garage, tool chest or go-bag for any jobs that require hacking, pulling, prying, pounding, demolition – or even self-defense.. Whether workaday – or doomsday – you’ll feel real peace of mind with this professional grade tool on  board. Must-have for emergencies and the outdoors and a great gift. The secret weapon of big-rig drivers is now available to everyone – after all, we can all use a friend!

Made in the USA with heat-treated resharpenable steel. Guaranteed for life, no questions asked.

 

Tech Specs
  • All-in-one hammer, nail puller, pry bar with 'V' slot and lever, wire twist, tire chain hook, grapple hook, hose spanner, and fully resharpenable 4.5" curved axe head
  • Shock-absorbing PowerGrip
  • Materials: cast alloy steel blade and shank, heat treated for extra strength
  • Non-conducting fiberglass handle
  • Rust-resistant matte finish
  • Temporary blade guard included
  • Dimensions: 19.25" x 5" x 1.25"
  • Weight: 2.24 lbs.
  • Made in the USA: Parowan, Utah

Care and Safety

  • To prevent rust, keep the tool stored in a dry environment. Apply a thin covering of light machine oil to the head of the tool with a cotton cloth, giving it time to be absorbed by the finish. Wipe off any excess. Apply new oil when needed.
  • If rust occurs on the surface of the tool, it can be removed with fine steel wool and light machine oil.
  • For both safety and utility, it is important to maintain the sharp edge of the Trucker's Friend. After repeated heavy use, the blade may begin to dull. If this happens, use a metal file to re-sharpen.
  • CAUTION: Safety goggles are recommended when using the Trucker's Friend.

Meet the Inventor of the Trucker's Friend™: Gys Jansen van Beek

Inventor of Trucker's Friend™ honored as War Hero and recognized by the Shoah Foundation

94-year-old Gys van Beek lives quietly in Caldwell, Idaho with his wife of 65 years, Zwaantje, but there's nothing unassuming about his accomplishments.

Gys van Beek in the Resistance

Gys van Beek in the Resistance

His numerous inventions include Innovation Factory's best-selling Trucker's Friend™, for which he receives a royalty on every purchase. Gys, who claims he hasn't yet retired, continues to prepare new patent filings, making him one of the oldest living inventors in America.

But there's much more to know and honor about Gys van Beek.

Born March 31, 1919 in Angeren, Netherlands, Gys grew up on a farm, nurtured by parents who encouraged him to "be a true example." His family regularly attended services at the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. Even as a young man, he was recognized for his strength and leadership, which was why the Nazis tried to recruit him soon after invading Holland. Instead, Gys joined the Dutch Resistance.

American fighter pilot Howard Moebius, rescued by Gys van Beek
American fighter pilot Howard Moebius, rescued by Gys van Beek

Using forged identity papers, Gys was instrumental in aiding refugees and enemies of the Nazi regime. He also helped numerous British, Canadian and American downed fighter pilots. One of these, a P-51 pilot from Wisconsin, Lieutenant Howard Moebius, went on to maintain a lifelong friendship with his rescuer. Gys continuously placed himself and his family in danger with his resistance efforts, even though being caught meant certain torture and death.

Van Beek's courage earned him decorations from the governments of Canada, Great Britain and the Netherlands. He is particularly proud of the presidential certificate awarded  to him by  Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight Eisenhower, shortly after the war.

Gys and Zwaantje with Congressman Raul Labrador
Gys and Zwaantje with Congressman Raul Labrador

During the Holocaust, van Beek was instrumental in helping others. In 1999, he was also recognized as an Aid Giver for helping to save Jewish lives by the Shoah Foundation (founded by Steven Spielberg). The more than two hour interview with Gys by the Shoah Foundation is now available on YouTube.

Van Beek's selfless acts of service to America have been further honored, as entered into the Congressional Record of July 24, 2012 by Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador.