Narex chisels and woodworking products are well regarded worldwide for their exceptional quality for an affordable price. The company has a rich and storied history, surviving and thriving over nearly 100 years.
Hand tool production in Bystrice u Benesova dates back to 1919, when manufacturer Vaclav Richter founded a factory producing quality tools for woodworking. The business grew from its small beginnings to a company of European and worldwide renown.
In subsequent years, the business continued to expand with development not interrupted even by World War II, when the factory worked on two-shifts. Several organizational changes took place after nationalization in 1948, and the factory was associated with a newly established national company Naradi Praha (subsequently called Narex Praha) as an independent plant in 1958.
Rapid manufacturing development doubled the production by 1970. A new business name and registered trade mark Narex was established. The brand has enjoyed sustained growth in both domestic and international markets. At the time of the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the factory was at its peak both in production and number of employees.
Thereafter the political situation and the subsequent social development brought a significant change. Individual plants within the national Narex Praha company gained independence and were turned into public limited companies.
The plant in Bystrice became Narex Bystrice a.s. A privatization process, which completed in 1994 followed and NAREX BYSTRICE s.r.o. was established. Under the trademark NAREX, the company joined the ranks of major domestic and international hand tools producers.
More than 40% of the production is regularly exported worldwide, with customers for our tools in 45 countries. In recent years, technical development has taken place in both screwdriver and chisel production. As result, the quality of blades has increased, the shapes of the handles have been modified to become ergonomic, and the products have been given a modern design