PB Swiss Tools AG
FoundedSwitzerland (1878 (1878))
FounderPaul Baumann
Wasen, Sumiswald, Bern
Key people
  • Eva Jaisli
  • (CEO)
  • Max Baumann
  • (CTO)
ProductsProfessional hand tools
Number of employees
150 (as of September 2017)

PB Swiss Tools AG is a manufacturer of hand tools based in Switzerland.

The company was started in 1878 by Paul Baumann, from whose initials the company name was derived. In 1916 Paul Baumann established the family-owned company PB Baumann GmbH. In 1940 the company began producing tools, the first of which was a screwdriver. In 2011 medical devices were added to the portfolio. Today, 150 employees in Wasen and Sumiswald manufacture 12 million tools and instruments every year. More than two thirds of these are exported worldwide.[1]

The "Classic" and "Multicraft" styles of tool handles are made of cellulose acetate butyrate and vanilla-scented to counteract the potentially unpleasant aroma of butyric acid that would otherwise form as the tools age. The "SwissGrip" and "ElectroTool" styles have handles made of Santoprene-coated polypropylene.[2]

PB Swiss hand tools are individually serial-numbered, and the serial number can be used to search a database and find the date of manufacture for a given tool.[2]



  1. ^ "PB SWISS TOOLS: History". PB Swiss Tools. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b Catalog 2014, Switzerland: PB Swiss Tools GmbH, 2014