As machinist’s, we use screwdrivers a lot, right? Many of us are also major tool junkies. So, when we get tired of the usual Craftsman or SnapOn options, where do we go for a better screwdriver?
I thought it was worth some research and came up with 9 brands. What makes a better screwdriver? Lots of things in common including:
- More comfortable ergonomic grip
- Easier to tell at a glance whether you have to right one
- Extra machine work so the tip is optimized for the job it has to do
- Overall quality of construction and materials
- Extra gizmos and gadgets
Without further ado, here are some possibilities for you to consider:
Electricians, in particular, seem to swear by Klein Cushion Grip screwdrivers. But so do a lot of others. Their 8 piece set is available on Amazon for $64.99 as I write this:
To my eye, this is one of the tamer grip designs of the bunch, but people do swear by them. One special Klein screwdriver I would like to lay hands on is this one:
The Rapi-Drive is a speed driver with interchangeable tip that looks like it’d be handy for rapidly installing or removing screws that don’t require a lot of torque–handy in the right situation.
Felo Ergonic Screwdrivers
Now we’re talking about a more ergonomic grip, and they will certainly stand out with their modern design:
And at $26.21, these lovely German-made screwdrivers surely won’t break the bank.
PB Swiss Screwdrivers
These screwdrivers are extremely popular in places like the Garage Journal where tool snobs like to hang out (it’s a great board, BTW, be sure to check it out some time!). Their 6 driver set includes a nice wall rack:
That set is $58.99, so this is not the low budget option. But, they are made in Switzerland, have ergonomic grips, and the grips are made of a special material that still gives traction if your hands are oily–that might be pretty handy. Plus, I love the way you can tell at a glance whether you have a Slotted or Phillips tip by the end cap color.
Wera Kraftform Screwdrivers
Wera are another German brand that gets mentioned in hushed tones by the afficionados. They certainly have a distinctive look to them:
The Wera set goes for $31.44. It’s neat that you can tell the type and size of the driver from the notations on the end cap. They also sell a step-up model whose main difference seems to be that it is made of stainless steel. What will the Germans think of next?
As machinists, we know full well that the Japanese make some nice stuff. Check out this premium wood-handled screwdriver set:
They’re absolutely gorgeous, but at $187.50, I might be afraid to use them very much. Perhaps only when changing the jets on the Weber carburetors of my vintage Ferrari. Um, assuming I had one?
Wiha is another great German brand, and I have had some experience with Wiha Torx drivers for changing inserts on my tooling–they’re nicely made. They have several screwdriver sets, but there best is really nice:
They’re not cheap at $93.42, but they’re splendidly well-made, and you have to love the extra features like the wrench flats where the shank goes into the handle.
Facom make great tools. In fact, if you attend any historic races sporting Formula One cars, you’re likely to see a fair number of Facom tools floating around the pits. They seem to have an “in” with that crowd. Their Protwist Screwdrivers are certainly lovely:
$55.30 for these lovelies. Be sure to check out their nifty Facom Protwist Stubby Screwdriver Set of 5 too!
Vessel Ball Grip Screwdrivers
These Japanese-made screwdrivers have the oddest shape yet, but I have a feeling I would really like them:
.Vessel Ball grip Screwdrivers
The ends are marked so you can see what type driver you’re getting. I am thinking that for certain situations, a palm-drive would be really nice.
I couldn’t find a complete set on Amazon, they want to sell the screwdrivers individually. However, I did find this neat little mini-set with interchangeable tips:
You can really see how comfortable the grip looks and how nicely made the tool is. This little Vessel Ball Grip set sells for $14.39, and it seems like an awesome way to try out this style grip. Also seems like a great gift for the man that has every tool in his chest.
There you have it–8 brands you may not have been aware of that should be considered for the title, “World’s Best Screwdriver.” I doubt there is a one-size-fits-all solution here–the choice will be a matter of personal taste.
Which of these would you pick, or what brand not mentioned would you recommend for World’s Best Screwdriver?
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