A well designed screwdriver for the workshop

A couple of years ago I bought a neat screwdriver, after reading about it on the Lost Art Press blog – the No.1 from Element’ary Design in England. The screwdriver is ergonomically designed, with handles made of beech, and finished with linseed oil, giving it a smooth surface.

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Even the box the screwdriver comes in is well designed. I bought mine from Dyke & Dean, in the UK, but Hand-Eye Supply in the US also carry them.

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The shape is perfectly designed to fit inside the palm of your hand. Also, due to the shape, it won’t roll off your workbench.

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The screwdriver is kind-of unique, as it uses interchangeable bits – unique because normally interchangeable drivers are constructed of plastics.. It comes with six bits (two Phillips, two flat heads, two posi-drive), but will use any standard bit.

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The chuck of the screwdriver contains an o-ring, which syncs with the groove found on many bits. In addition however, the screwdriver also has a screw chuck with a knurled grip  that helps lock down the bit. No fear of the bit dropping out, as often happens, even with magnetic bits.

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There is also a stubby version of this screwdriver – the No.2.

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