Toolmonger brings me an interesting bit of news: Black and Decker is being bought out by Stanley. Wow.
B&D already owns a number of already-existing tool lines, the most notable in my personal experience being DeWalt and Porter-Cable. I don't own any tools under the actual B&D label, but my power tools are evenly split between DeWalt and Ryobi. (Oh wait, I just got a Makita hammer drill, so now they're in the mix, as well.) I do own a number of Stanley products -- their tape measures are a constant on my belt -- although for hand tools I tend to stick with either Husky (Home Depot's "house brand") or Klein Tools.
I'm not entirely sure what to make of this, but I hope that it doesn't result in either a dilution of quality (especially from DeWalt) or a raise in prices. I'm never sure it's a good thing when big companies get even bigger, but then, I'm just the guy who buys and uses the tools.