Tools: Monkey Wrenches

August 11, 2008 at 2:59 pm 2 comments

Everyone is familiar with the term “monkey wrench,” mostly because they get blamed for being thrown in “the works” and screwing up everything. Also, David Grohl don’t wanna be your monkey wrench.

But who owns a monkey wrench? Surprisingly, not many people anymore. A traditional monkey wrench looks like this:

Source: Wikipedia

It is named a monkey wrench after the inventor, Charles Moncky.

The wrench that commonly gets labeled as a “monkey wrench” is the common pipe wrench:

Source: Castleman & Sons Plumbing

The reason most people don’t own monkey wrenches anymore is because we all use the crescent wrench now:

I would like to find an old monkey wrench. Then throw it in the works.


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  • 1. Charley  |  August 11, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    The real reason most people don’t own a monkey wrench these days is that you can’t count on anyone anymore.

  • 2. Wadeli  |  December 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Interesting story. Wiki also says this: However, this story has been refuted by historians, and there is evidence that screw-adjustable wrenches and even the term monkey wrench were used long before, at least from about 1840.

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