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Award success for Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster™

22nd May 2018

The revolutionary nature of the Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster™ from Olympia Tools has been acknowledged with an industry award.

On Friday 11th May 2018, the recently introduced product, which makes it quicker, easier and safer to cut blocks and bricks, won the coveted ‘Hand Tool and Accessory of the Year’ category at the 2018 DIY Week Awards.

Held annually and organised by the UK’s leading publication for businesses in the DIY and garden retail markets, the DIY Week Awards celebrate the very best of the industry – recognising and rewarding forward-thinking companies, innovative products and inspirational people.

Now in their eighth year, the awards are judged by a panel of respected experts drawn from across the sector and representing suppliers, retailers and relevant trade associations.

Ideal not only for cutting blocks and bricks but also chasing out channels for services and removing exterior render and floor and wall tiles, the Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster™ is a bolster unlike any other on the market.

Developed with the help of bricklayer turned inventor, Kevin O’Brien and available exclusively across the world from Olympia Tools, the Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster™ offers major gains in speed and efficiency compared to conventional bolsters, enabling users to cut blocks and bricks with a single strike. It also offers major improvements in safety and accuracy.

Like all the products positioned under the Roughneck Gorilla brand, the Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster™ owes its exceptional performance to a design where ‘the shape makes the difference’.

Specifically, it has a longer than usual blade which measures 230mm / 9 inches – the same width as a building block.

It’s this greater length, combined with the blade’s construction from hardened and tempered steel and the fact that the blade can be regularly sharpened, which enable the Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster™ to cut though blocks and bricks with a single strike.

In addition, the tool’s ‘one strike, straight through’ capability is further enhanced by the positioning of the tool’s handle.

This handle, which features a soft, treble injected, ergonomic grip for comfortable use, is offset, away from the striking face. This enables a large striking anvil to be placed on the top of the blade and allows users to hit the tool with as much force as possible with their hand positioned safely out of the way.

The Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster™ also helps to simplify cutting angled faces for gables and corners. It has lines marked at 100mm from the blade’s edges, facilitating accurate tool positioning and alignment without the need for a tape measure.

Vahe Der Kureghian, purchasing and marketing director at Olympia Tools, collected the DIY Week Award at a ceremony hosted by writer, actor, presenter and performer, Marcus Brigstocke, and held at the Park Plaza Victoria in London’s West End.

Commenting on the Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster’s success, Vahe said: “The Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster™ embodies Olympia Tools’ commitment to pioneering new innovations in hand tool design and joins a long list of Roughneck products that break the mould in terms of their effectiveness, safety and ease of use.

“It truly is a world first and no other bolster on the market looks like it – or is capable of performing like it. To have its groundbreaking capabilities recognised by a DIY Week Award is fantastic news – and an achievement of which the entire Olympia Tools’ team is proud.”

The Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster™ was one of two Olympia Tools products which featured at the 2018 DIY Week Awards.

The business’ Roughneck Pallet Buster, which simplifies the task of dismantling pallets, was also shortlisted as a finalist – again in the ‘Hand Tool and Accessory of the Year’ category.

Pictured: Vahe Der Kureghian, purchasing and marketing director at Olympia Tools (centre), collects the Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster Bolster’s award for ‘Hand Tool and Accessory of the Year’ from Marcus Brigstocke (right) and Paul Warren of Broad Street DIY (left) who served on the judging panel.

Award winning innovation. The Roughneck Gorilla Block Buster™ from Olympia Tools was named ‘Hand Tool and Accessory of the Year’ at the 2018 DIY Week Awards.
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