On the 8th I got my latest email from “The Straight Dope” and I came across "Straight Dope Classic #3 - 10/05/1990. I enjoyed it and wanted to leave a comment. The title is: “What does ykk mean on zippers?”
Here is my comment:
And I had always heard that the zipper was just “Yankee” ingenuity!
Zippers, in general, are a pretty fascinating product. Check out the YKK website.
They also make an incredibly different number of fasteners/closures for myriad applications.
IMHO, YKK makes the best zippers currently on the market.
(And no, I don’t work for, nor am I affiliated with, YKK.)
They (YKK) seem to be doing some serious brand-awareness building. I bought a new leather motorcycle last month and almost every ad description touted the jacket having YKK zippers, like I was supposed to care (I probably should, it has nine of them). I don’t recall any such mentions when I bought my previous jacket pre-2000.
That’s just good business. They’re trying to turn what is perceived as a commodity into a strong selling point, and doing a great job of it. YKK is probably the only zipper company I could name, and I’ve been aware of them forever.