It’s been our experience that in almost every profession one brand of tools becomes preeminent — even in areas where tools aren’t that different. For example, it’s been our experience that Greenlee is a very popular brand among electricians even when they’re purchasing simple tools — like a screwdriver — where many companies offer the same quality of tool.
I’d guess this is at least partially due to the apprenticeship system. Why not buy the tools that your mentor uses? Another reason: if everyone’s using ’em, they can’t be all bad, right?
Anyway, I’m really interested to know — and I bet you are, too — what brands are popular in what fields. Let’s pitch in and make a list. Let us know in comments what tool brands are popular in your profession.
(Thanks to presta for this great CC-licensed photo.)