The Newest Defiance Tools® to Navigate Life Are Here!

Rich and I are excited to have just debuted Defiance Tools at the Fall 2018 ACE Hardware Show in Chicago and then the Orgill Dealer Market in Las Vegas!

What Are Defiance Tools?

As we’ve mentioned before, when you hear the brand Defiance Tools, we want you to envision the local tool store or lumber yard, the small-town diner or the neighborhood bar. These are the places that made America unlike anyplace else in the world and have always been a deep and trusted part of our roots. America may be known for big box retailers both offline and online, but the small hometown business is our bedrock!

Before founding Defiance Tools, Rich and I developed and supplied products to and worked for the “big guys” under some famous brand names. So, bringing all of that knowledge to the present time – our mission is to bring that quality of product to the independent retailer. Whether it be hardware stores, gift shops or general stores – we want Defiance Tools to provide Tools to Navigate Life to retail customers and their families.

What Isn’t to Love About ACE Hardware?

When you visit the ACE Hardware website and read their about us section, you find out more about their philosophy:

“We are your local hardware store and we are a part of your community. Ace Hardware has over 5,000 stores around the world with the majority of those stores independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. These hard-working men and women are part of the fabric of your community. They are small business owners who are local and loyal…just like it ought to be. While others have become large and impersonal, at Ace, we’ve remained small and very personal. That’s why we say a visit to Ace, is like a visit to your neighbor.”

Who is Orgill and What are Orgill Dealer Markets?

Orgill, Inc. is the world’s largest independent hardlines distributor. They are a  privately-owned company who was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Orgill serves more than 6,000 retail hardware stores, home centers, pro lumber dealers, and farm stores throughout the United States and Canada, and over 50 countries around the world.

So where exactly were we headed? Orgill Dealer Markets give retailers the opportunity to meet more than 1,000 different exhibitors (us), get new ideas from their model stores, stay on top of industry trends, and to scope out the industry’s best product deals.

Defiance Tools Pairs Well with ACE and Orgill!

Once you read ACE’s philosophy and understand what Orgill does for independent retailers, you can see why Rich and I knew Defiance Tools would be a great fit and a great addition to their product lines. That is why we have partnered with Drop Ship Solutions for these ACE and Orgill debuts.

Drop Ship Solutions focuses on the Independent Retailer and offers a one-stop destination for a variety of products via drop ship from a central distribution point. They pride themselves in offering the Independent Retailer the ability to order smaller minimums at competitive prices.

The Defiance Tools Lineup

Once we decided to attend the shows, we knew we needed a great assortment of products. We immediately started mapping our course with some of our existing, as well as some new, vendors. We knew these items had to be perfect for the independent retailer but also for our C Larboard community of customers.

Drum Roll Please…

We are proud to introduce our 8 new products:

  • Skull Design 8 in 1 Tool

Skull Design 8 in 1 Tool

  • 10 Pc Precision Screwdriver Set

10 Pc Precision Screwdriver Set

 

  • Screwdriver Handle Bottle Opener

Screwdriver Handle Bottle Opener

  • 3 Way LED Emergency Auto Safety Tool

3 Way LED Emergency Auto Safety Tool

  • Sportsmen’s Knife & CAMO Multi-Tool Combo

Sportsmen’s Knife & CAMO Multi-Tool Combo

  • Magnetic Clip LED Pocket Light

Magnetic Clip LED Pocket Light

  • Scissors Multi-Tool & Pliers Keychain Combo

Scissors Multi-Tool & Pliers Keychain Combo

  • 16’/5M Compact Measuring Tape

16'/5M Compact Measuring Tape

 

P.S. We will tell you more specifics about these wonderful new products in future blog posts so stay tuned!

Rich and I had such a wonderful time creating these wonderful new tools! They are perfect for a wide range of people and occasions! Shop NOW at CLarboard.com to see these amazing new additions to the Defiance Brand of Tools!

~Zoe’ Coulcher, Co-Founder of C Larboard

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C Larboard and Defiance Tools!

As some of you may or may not know Rich and I launched our website C Larboard about 2 years ago.  Our tag line is Gifts, Gadgets, General Store …to your Door. We sell innovative items, unique gifts, EDC gadgets and tools that we source from around the world. We also have been developing our registered brand Defiance Tools!

We have more exciting news that I will be sharing soon – so stay tuned!

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Biltmore!

Enjoying this beautiful property while visiting North Carolina!

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Can’t beat the view…

North Carolina Mountains.

 

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My Happy Place!

Had a couple days to visit Strathmere between busy shows for Defiance Tools!

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Happy 4th!

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Celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

On the beautiful island of Roatan!

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Almost to Seattle!

Next stop Shanghai!

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And we are off!

Getting ready for another adventure…

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Gong Xi Fa Cai!!


Happy Chinese New Year!  It is the Year of the Dog!!

Chinese New Year Facts

1 The festival date changes every year.

This is because it follows the lunar calendar, based on the movement of the moon. Usually, it falls on a day between mid-January and mid-February. This year Chinese New Year falls on February 16.

2 It is also called Spring Festival.

The festival usually falls after the solar term, Beginning of Spring (Li Chun), and is a festival in the spring, hence the name.

3 Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year.

In China, each lunar cycle has 60 years and 12 years is regarded as a small cycle. Each of the 12 years is defined by an animal sign: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

4 The celebration lasts for 15 days till Lantern Festival.

The peak time of the entire celebration is on Chinese New Year’s Eve and the first day of the lunar new year. The 15th day is called Lantern Festival, marking the end of the celebration.

5 One sixth of the world’s people celebrate it.

It is not only celebrated in Mainland China, but also observed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore and some other Asian countries as well as Chinatowns around the world.

6 It is the longest public holiday and the whole country is on the move.

Most employees have 7-12 days off the work, and students have one month winter vacation. The 2018 Chinese New Year holiday is from February 15th to 21st.

No matter where they are, people try their best to return home for a family reunion, like westerners attempting to spend Christmas with their families. Meanwhile, some families travel together during the holiday. This makes the world’s largest annual migration, known as the Spring Festival Travel Rush. The total trips made by plane, train, bus and ship can reach nearly 3 billion.

7 Reunion dinner is a ritual.

The reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve is a big feast to commemorate the past year. This is the most important time to be with families.

After the reunion dinner, families sit together to watch the Spring Festival Gala, while chatting. As the most watched TV program, the gala collects various well-selected performances, targeting audiences of different generations.

8 Then comes the annual largest usage of fireworks on the planet.

Fireworks are an indispensable part of the celebration to liven up the air of Spring Festival. All families set off fireworks to celebrate the festival. The biggest firework show is on Lunar New Year’s Eve.

9 The celebration decorations are mostly in red.

Houses are decorated with red couplets, red lanterns, and red paper cuttings; city streets are lit up by red lanterns; and numerous people are dressed in red. This is because red in Chinese culture is the symbol of happiness, wealth and prosperity, and can ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. These red decorations are to the festival what Christmas trees are to Christmas.

10 “Guo Nian Hao” is one of the most used Chinese New Year greetings.

This is like the westerners saying “Merry Christmas” to each other on Christmas Day. It means “Happy New Year”.

Why is the celebration also called “Guo Nian”? “Nian”is the Chinese word for year. In folk culture, the Spring Festival celebration is also called “Guo Nian” (meaning “passing a year”). In a Chinese New Year story, “Nian” is a fierce and cruel monster which eats livestock and kids, but it is scared of red color and cracker sound. Therefore, people use red decorations and fireworks to drive away “Nian”.

From the ChinaTravelGuide.com

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