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Who We Are

Special Tools is your Minnesota expert in custom tools. We understand that finding a local supplier with the expertise and knowledge for custom tooling and re-sharpening projects can be difficult.

At Special Tools, we have been supplying our customers with the highest quality custom tools for decades. We have the equipment and experience to help you complete your project to the highest quality and the support staff your company needs.

We have designed and produced a variety of custom cutting tools that are used to manufacture many different products across a wide variety of industries. These products range from hydraulic components, automotive and industrial equipment and accessories, to medical and defense components that you may use on a day to day basis.

Generations of experience

Special Tools has been built on generations of experience. Our founder, Tony Deschenes, dedicated his life to the precision tool grinding business and grew the company from a small garage out of his home to what is a reputable enterprise located in St. Francis, Minnesota.

In 2014, the business was purchased by his grandson, Adam Klinkner, who continues to ensure that Special Tools remains dedicated to superior quality and workmanship in all the goods and services they provide.

Our History

More than 100 years of combined experience100+

Special Tools was founded in 1979 by Tony Deschenes who dedicated his life to developing and creating precision cutting tools for the manufacturing industry. Starting out in a small garage at his home, he used a variety of manual grinding equipment to produce tools that would save his customers time and money, as well as help them manufacture a superior product.

The quality that Special Tools provided to its customers helped bring about continued growth in the company and in 1994 Special Tools purchased their first CNC Grinder (ANCA TG7). The purchase of this CNC spurred rapid growth and in 1996 Special Tools moved into its current location in Saint Francis, MN where it employed four people and added another ANCA TG7.

Over the course of the next 18 years, Special Tools would grow to four CNC Grinding Machines and add additional manual grinding and machining equipment as Tony continued to own and operate Special Tools. In January of 2014, Special Tools was purchased by his grandson, Adam Klinkner. Special Tools has since grown from four ANCA Grinders to five, as well as, additional improvements in other equipment throughout the shop.

Special Tools currently employs seven people, totaling more than 100 years of combined experience in the cutting tool industry and remains dedicated to superior quality and workmanship in all of the tools and services they provide.