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Unanswered questions[]

If the Heppler wrench is so common a tool that everyone in Mechanicsburg seems to carry one, why isn't one visible in Rivet's tool collection or the work area that Gil has set up for Agatha ? Rivet could arguably have been carrying her Heppler wrench, but if Gil was assuming that Agatha needed everything, the omission of the Heppler wrench is odd.

We never get to see all the tools in Rivet's collection nor Gil's lab. There may well be Heppler Wrenches in both places, but they are simply out of our sight. Billy Catringer 06:00, October 4, 2010 (UTC)

Additionally, what purpose do the gears on the side of the wrench serve? They look similar to the ones on Gil's gardening shears which allow them to be motorized , but we haven't seen signs of this in the wrench.

People who support this theory: User: Axisor

Could Agatha have one on over her shoulder on this Girl Genius cover ?

Sadly, we suffer from a bit of link-rot here. I got a 404 error when I activated the link. At any rate, if it is the cover picture I am thinking of, I believe Agatha was holding a large Stilson wrench on her shoulder rather than a Heppler or a monkey wrench. Yes, there really is such a thing as a monkey wrench. Billy Catringer 06:00, October 4, 2010 (UTC)
People who support this theory: User: Axisor

Possibly relevant outside information[]

G. R. Heppler appears to be or have been a professor (or possibly a tenured grad student) of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He or she has authored or co-authored a number of papers concerning the design of robot arms especially in the early 1990s.

The question has also been raised as to whether this name may have been chosen in honor of Chris and Jen Heppler, creators at Black Isle Games in Canada[1]