MALVEN FIRE TOOL WORKS. Malven Fire Tool Works– “MalvenWorks”– is a firefighter owned and operated designer/producer of premium fire department hand tools. There is no shortage of economical, time-tested tools available to meet the generic needs of the American fire service– but, that’s not our niche. Our goal is to offer experienced, discriminating firefighters with a few carefully refined and innovative alternatives. Our tools don’t just optimize the completion of basic “bread and butter” fireground tasks (ventilation, roof work, entry, search, overhaul, etc.), they help you prepare for the unexpected, as well. They are refined in detail, to enhance the seasoned firefighter’s skill and ingenuity when dealing with unpredictable, once-in-a-career situations– situations they don’t commonly encounter, but, are expected to handle.
Our approach is simple: 1) study the job, in-depth, 2) analyze factors that may impact future fire operations, 3) give careful, far-sighted design attention to functional details, 4) perform extensive and on-going field testing, 5) pay attention to feedback offered by users and follow-up with appropriate refinements, 6) invest in high performance materials and fabrication methods, 7) never stand still. In short, we build on the American fire service’s “tradition of innovation.”
The results? We offer you a narrow range of simple, straight-forward designs that mesh perfectly with the user’s experience and creativity– unique tools, devoid of gimmicks, evolved from years of experience with numerous consecutive prototypes and field testing at some of the busiest fire stations in the U.S., by some of America’s most active firefighters and fire instructors. Ours are tools that individuals can prize and depend on for the rest of their careers.
TAKE EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED– A HAWK AND AN ENTRY BAR. Our line of tools is focused on two principal products: a multi-functional Malven Hawk Tool family of fire hooks, and a versatile collection of forcible entry bars.
MALVEN HAWK TOOL. The Hawk Tool, designed and refined by Fred Malven, is a multi-functional overhaul, ventilation and entry tool comprised of any two of four components– the “Hawk,” “Raptor,” “Hallux,” and “Phalanx” (forked) ends. The selected working ends are normally joined by a high-tech, high-strength steel handle (solid fiberglass handles are an extra-cost alternative). They can be combined in any combination, including the popular “Raptor Versa-Tool,” “Hawk Roofman,” and “Raptor Roofman” variations (see photos, below).
The tool ends are cast of the same special stainless steel as Malven entry bars (and could, if desired, be polished to the same mirror finish as shown below on our entry bars. They are available for rapid shipment in standard lengths of 36″, 42″, 48″, 60″ and 72″, and custom lengths up to 8′-0″.
MALVEN ENTRY BARS. Of course, a forcible entry bar has long been the traditional and logical complement to virtually any other tool a firefighter might choose to carry. So, the MalvenWorks line also features three different forcible entry bars cast of our specially formulated and processed stainless steel.
All three of the bars build on refinement of their ancestors. One option, the “Classic” Halligan, is developed around the straight adze concept, pioneered in FDNY Chief Hugh Halligan’s original Halligan bars. It was translated into one-piece stainless by MalvenWorks predecessor Aazel Corporation, with guidance from LAFD Firefighter Jason Knight (owner of Fire Axe, Incorporated) and Captain Jim Porter.
A second bar, the “Monster” Halligan, incorporates the wide symmetrical adze that Aazel pioneered in support of the popular “lever” method of dealing with inward swinging doors– with valuable input from FDNY’s Kevin LeGacy of Squad 61, and Andrew Brassard of the Milton [Ontario, Canada] Fire Department.
The last of our three entry bars, is the Hayward “Claw” Tool, one of oldest, most enduring entry tool designs– one of the inspirations for Chief Hugh Halligan’s design. Our claw is the ultimate refinement of the Hayward, embodying a tight, narrow, but stout claw and fully integrated “Cully lugs” (named for LAFD Assistant Chief Doug Cully who, with his aide, Dave Ford, originated the idea of the lugs). This version of the Hayward was introduced into production by MalvenWorks forerunner Iowa-American Fire Equipment, with assistance from the LAFD.
All three of the MalvenWorks bars inherit the perfect fork geometry of Iowa-American’s Phase II entry bars. They are available in either a mat finish or an extra-cost polished finish. NOTE: both polished and unpolished versions are made of the same special stainless steel alloy, so, if desired, owner’s of mat-finished bars can have them polished later, to the same permanent mirror finish.
OUR “TOOL TEAM.” At this time, that’s our line of tools– the Malven Hawk Tool family of fire hooks, and a versatile range of Malven forcible entry bars. Our goals have focused on performance and quality, rather than mass-production. We believe our tools to be the best of their types on the market. The functionality of each has been honed to a razor edge. You’ll be able to tell, the first time you handle one. But, good as they are individually, when used together, our hooks and bars amplify, in innumerable ways, the performance of their counterparts. You’re familiar with the traditional “Married Set;” well, together, the combination of a Malven Hawk and entry bar are the ideal “Tool Team.”
MALVENWORKS’ PARTNERS. The combined performance of a Hawk Tool and an entry bar always exceeds the sum of their individual potential. That’s true of MalvenWorks, as well. Our contributions as tool designers are greatly amplified by the contributions of our manufacturers, technicians, consultants, and distributors. We hope you’ll find the time to about them in our “MalvenWorks Partners” section.
BE READY FOR ANYTHING– As noted earlier, our tools aren’t going to be for everyone. But, for serious agencies, dedicated to meeting their responsibilities in detail, and for hard-core firefighters who understand the endless new challenges of the job and are determined to step off the rig ready for anything, we feel we have something special to offer.