This is nothing like the hex key wrenches you will find in the discount stores out there. Unlike other manufactures who use extruded metal to form their hex shapes along the entire tool, Beta Tools of Italy takes the extra time to "forge" the hex shape into round bar. Yes, forging this is an extra step and these cost more than most other brands but the forged end is harder and wears longer than those other brands that give you a rounded-off end after just a few months. Plus, you're going to notice that the forged hex end is more precise so it's going to fit the fasteners a lot better. See why Beta Tools of Italy has been the go-to brand of high-quality hand tools for professional tool-users in Europe since 1939.