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Explanation: "Allen key" (BE) or "Allen wrench" (AE)
The use of "hex-wrench" could be confusing because thousands of different wrenches have hex heads.
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"Allen key" (BE) or "Allen wrench" (AE).
[by mccrosky] Jan 25
Answer: Allen key (BE) or Allen wrench (AE)
An "Imbusschlüssel" is another name for
Innensechskantschlüssel which is "Allen key (BE) or Allan wrench (AE) - Ernst – Wörterbuch der industriellen Technik
There is a mistake in my edition of the English > German volume of Ernst – Wörterbuch der industriellen Technik. "Allan key" or "Allan wrench" as written in Ernst English > German, but it hould be "Allen key" (BE) or "Allen wrench" (AE). Uel has the correct spelling above. Not only the German > English volume of Ernst – Wörterbuch der industriellen Technik but more importantly NODE – The New Oxford Dictionary of English confirms the spelling with "e".
HTH - Dan
[by A.S.] Jan 25
= hexagon socket spanner
[by uel] Jan 25
Answer: Allen wrench
An Inbusschlüssel (note spelling) is an Allen wrench.
[Ernst, WB Ind. Technik]