For over 30 years, the founders of You-Tools, Rick and Bev Francis, have owned a construction company in Bend, Oregon and in their line of business, splinters are a common problem. Bend was once primarily a lumber and millwork town that spawned manufacture of grass roots sliver type tweezers. For years crews in the blade sharpening shops would grind fat-head/precise tips tweezers from planer blade stock one at a time. The metal and wood workers found these to be the best way to handle the worst slivers.
In the early 90's, Rick and Bev were given mill tweezers by a millwork delivery driver. They immediately realized the value of the tweezer design and found them in constant demand by anyone with a sliver. They decided to develop the time-tested tool into a new folding format and share it with the frustrated sliver-prone market.