Depending on the kind of woodworker you are, you may use screwdrivers more than others. Not to mention different types like Robertson, Phillips, Slotted, and Torx. For some reason over time screwdrivers have suffered the fate of many other simple tools, they've all gone to crap. Gone are the days when you could go to the local hardware store and get a good screwdriver. And that may be harder today because the store isn't there anymore either. But, lucky for us there are still some good US companies and German companies making some great screwdrivers to meet just about any of your needs.
Below are three sets of screwdrivers that I have used for almost two years now. Two sets are my personal set that reside in my home shop, the last is a set that I use at work. All three sets perform very well, all three makers produce just about every screwdriver you could want, and they all look and feel great. So, lets take a quick look at each brand.
This first set is made in Germany by the Felo company. These have a very classic look with the solid Beechwood handles with leather caps, they have full shanks that extend all the way to the top of the handle, precision milled black tips (not plated) , hexagon bolsters, and they're cheap. I grab these screwdrivers more than any other at my house. They feel great in the hand, the tips are nice and strong, and they're light. You may notice if you enlarge the picture that the #2 Phillips has a shinny tip, that is not worn, it's just polished from use. The slotted screwdrivers are very standard, meaning they do not have parallel tips for high end milled screws for that perfect fit. But, for general use they are just fine. I use them for taking planes apart and for general work around the house. I suspect these screwdrivers will last me for a very long time.
But the best part is the price. They sell for $24.99 + shipping and you can get them HERE.
I should also mention that if you peruse the website you will find that Felo makes many many other screwdrivers, among other things, so you if need something else, they have it.
This second set is one that should be somewhat familiar to us in the US, or if you have been following Chris Schwarz's blog. These are a set of gunsmith screwdrivers from Grace. Grace is a US based company that has been producing screwdrivers for over 70 years. They sell many types of screwdrivers, but many traditional woodworkers find this set the most useful. What makes these so great? Well, the fully machined and squared tips. The tip of most screwdrivers made today tapper towards the tip, these do not. If you want tapered screwdrivers Grace makes those too, along with Phillips, Robertson, Hex Ball, and Torx. The machined tips are perfect for traditional Slotted screw hardware. Because they fit so well in the slot of the screw you don't get the regular slipping that happens with other screwdrivers, which results in mauled screw heads and hardware. I typically only use these screwdrivers for installing hardware and they have never let me down. They also have very comfortable Beech handles.
I should note before you search these out or go to the website that I provide here, these are different than the Cabinetmaker screwdrivers Grace makes. These are the Gunsmith screwdrivers HG-8 ($38.95) and they are actually cheaper than the Cabinetmaker set ($69.95). HERE is the link to a site that has several different types of screwdrivers produced by Grace. Enjoy.
The last set is made by Wera, another German company, and are the set that I use at work. Like the other companies that I have mentioned Wera makes all kinds of screwdrivers. The thing I like the best about Wera is that they make "working man" screwdrivers. What I mean by that is their screwdrivers are good for just about any type of work, electrical, mechanic, sign maker (me), woodworker, or whatever you do they have something for you. They have ratcheting screwdrivers and all kinds of great accessories.
The specific set that I have are Stainless Steel, feel comfortable in the hands, can be used in the rain, have an etched crosshatch pattern on the tips for extra grip, and cost $83.93. The set includes 4 Phillips, 6 Slotted, and 2 Robertson screwdrivers. I mention the rain because they are Stainless and I often work outside in the snow and rain, so with stainless I don't have to worry about rust. Now, if they seem a little expensive, Wera does make many different styles of screwdrivers. Check them out HERE and see if they have something that you might be interested in.
I will also mention that the Wera and Felo sites that I provided are the same site. So, take a good look around that site, they have some cool stuff there.