Runwell began life in 1935 as a scrap metal workshop called “Aiba Dotetsu-ten” in Tsubame-Sanjo, Japan, an area famous for metalworking for centuries. In 1963, after investing in new forges, they began making tools for cars and agricultural machinery. By the late 1980s, they were experimenting with new materials and techniques and eventually, in 2011 their new brand RUNWELL was formed to create functional and fun tools for bicycles and the home. In order to produce hard and flexible tools, hot forging is essential.
The metal is heated to approximately 1200 degrees which hardens the steel. Laser cutting then gives a precise shape to the tools. A combination of traditional methods and experience making custom tools for major corporations has resulted in a level of quality worthy of the ‘Made in Japan’ label.
(LEFT) AQUALIA15 is designed for single speeds. The length (170mm ) maintains portability but also provides for sufficient torque. A slight 15 degree angle on the grip helps avoid catching your hand on the bike. All AQUALIA15 tools are highly polished by artisans to give a perfect fit and feel in your hand.
(RIGHT) TAKE (meaning Bamboo) hex wrench is designed to fit perfectly in the hand, giving maximum torque for hard to shift, rusty bolts.
Portable 4/5mm hex wrench set. Ninja style hand-braided strap gives you extra grip.
(RIGHT) Runwell ‘Funkey’ Bottle Opener
Oversized allen key shaped bottle opener made from strong chromium molybdenum steel.
Collaborating with designers and craftspeople from Tsubame-Sanjo Runwell also makes useful and fun ‘tools’ for the home.
(LEFT) Runwell Cocktail Stirrers
Decades ago, American oil workers in the Persian Gulf discreetly added vodka to their orange juice while on the job. Lacking a spoon, the workers decided to stir the drink with a screwdriver. Hence the drink’s name. These stainless steel tool shaped stirrers are perfect for mixing cocktail ingredients.
(RIGHT) Pasch Spaghetti Measure
Wrench shaped spaghetti measure takes the guesswork out of serving pasta.