Ralph Martindale

Ralph Martindale Group

Ralph Martindale & Company Limited is a privately owned company established in England in 1874 and has revolutionised the hand tool industry since then. Today, the Company dominates the market with cutting-edge tools and products, designed for agriculture, hardware, construction and horticulture.


Portrait of the Company’s founder Ralph Martindale (1830-1879)

He acquired the business around 1869 and served as Managing Director of the Company until shortly before his death.

The Chillington Tool Company Limited, which is 100% owned by Ralph Martindale Company Limited, was established in England in 1892 and was acquired by Ralph Martindale & Company Limited in 1998. Martindale and Chillington are collectively referred to as the Martindale Group.

The Ralph Martindale Group is over 140 years old and has a legacy of producing world class products under the “Crocodile” trademark. This is recognised throughout the world as the epitome of unparalleled quality by generations of farmers and end users. The “Crocodile” trademark was first registered in England in 1876 and are now officially registered in 97 different countries around the world.

Our core products are matchets, hoes, forks and sickles. Our operations are located in England, Ghana and Thailand. The “Crocodile” brand is a market leader and sells to 146 sovereign countries worldwide. Our marks and labels are frequently illegally copied by unscrupulous counterfeiters attempting to supply inferior products as genuine “Crocodile”; only Martindale Group companies are legally authorised to use our trademarks.

Each product adheres to stringent ISO 9001, ISO 9002, or ISO 9000-2015 standards and carries a full warranty. Our “Crocodile” tools are made from high-quality carbon steel to maintain a sharp cutting edge.

Operations are based in the United Kingdom, Asia and West Africa. The Group has strategically placed facilities to serve all parts of the world and has ensured that the “Crocodile” brand continues to deliver superior product quality over a wide range of hand tools and satisfy current as well as future market demands.

When it comes to the "Crocodile" brand, we don't just set the bar-we redefine it.