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Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection of screwdrivers, most of which have had a busy few months of late as I have recently moved into a new house, and so the DIY jobs have been coming thick and fast.
A couple of my favourite screwdrivers are a few made by Wera tools, which is a German tool making specialist founded back in 1936.
To be completely honest I don't even know where I acquired my Wera screwdrivers from, as I am almost certain that I did not buy them, and so I can only assume that they have been left at my house by someone, or have got mixed up, and put into my toolbox at some point by accident.
However, I currently have 2 Wera screwdrivers from the Kraftform plus range - a 100mm Pozidriv (or Phillips), and an 80mm slotted (or flat bladed) screwdriver. This review will be based on the pozidrive screwdriver, although a lot of what I have to say applies to the other one too.
The Kraftform plus range are known for their unique design of the handle of the screwdriver, which is based around the contours of the hand during the screwdriver use, and it uses a specifically designed combination of ergonomic soft zones, smooth zones and hard zones. This design is pretty much the main reason (although not the only reason) that this screwdriver is one of my favourites to use. I believe a lot of effort and thought must have gone into the design of this handle as it seems to fit into my hand so well, and all the lumps and contours cling to the various finger movements that take place in the hand as the screwdriver is rotated. This makes the rotation a lot easier, and I can really feel that the work rate of my fingers, wrists and forearms is reduced compared to the aches that I get using other screwdrivers.
The appearance of the screwdriver is also pleasing, as can be seen from the picture above, the colouring of the handle is black and green, which is hard wearing, and tends to hide any dirty marks, dents or chips that might occur during the hard life that a screwdriver generally goes through. Also at the base of the screwdriver handle printed in white clear lettering is a description of the screwdrivers size, and a picture of the tip size and shape.
The shaft of the screw driver is a decent length, allowing plenty of leverage as the screwdriver is rotated, again making the whole action a lot easier. The tip of the screwdriver is constructed from hardened steel, and then coated in chrome which is notable by the golden colour at the tip of the screwdriver. This helps to give a good bite into the screw to try to reduce any slippage, and thus rounding off or damage to the screw head.
Overall I can really recommend this screw driver, as it is comfy, very hard wearing, and a lot less tiring to use than my other random screwdrivers in my tool set. At the same time I find that it does fit well, and bite tightly into the screw head, and so it works well for the tough jobs were other screwdrivers, and certainly my electric screwdriver (which I'm not keen on) would struggle, and constantly slip, and round of the heads of screws.
Having had a browse about for an idea of a price, this generally retails at about £6, which is quite expensive for 1 screwdriver, but now that I have used it so many times I believe it is worthy of that price tag.
A better deal however, (and one that I am really tempted with myself!) is to buy a set of these screwdrivers. For example Toolstation do a set of 6 kraftform plus screwdrivers for £19:51, which works out as £3:25 for each screwdriver - a bargain for the quality that these offer.
Thanks for reading.
Copyright © l500589 2012
A good tool box should be equipped with a number of things but out of all the kit you have good old fashioned screwdrivers are a must. We have quite few screwdrivers in order to use them with different sized screws. We have a few different brands but the WERA ones were the ones my boyfriend brought with him and seem to be the best quality ones we have. This particular review is for the pozidrive or philips head screwdriver and is used for those screws that have a star like finish.
==Price and availability==
Wera Screwdrivers are widely available from most good DIY stores such as Screwfix and B&Q and this particular model costs around £6.50. It is averagely priced compared to the other screwdrivers but it is of good quality so worth the investment.
The screwdriver handle is ergonomically designed so it is comfortable to hold and easier to grip. It fits comfortably against your hand which allows you to use it quickly and reduces fatigue, it is also easy to swap hands whilst using it. It is designed to move with your skin rather than put up resistance as this leads to blisters. The tip of the screwdriver is created with laser technology so it is not only really sharp but it bites the screw meaning it is less likely to slip off and means that it is easier to screw the screw into the hole. The screwdriver is made from hardened steel and coated in chrome for a really tough finish. It has a gold coloured tip and the overall weight is 110g.
The screwdriver is well constructed and is finished to a high quality. We have a power screwdriver these days but we often use hand screwdrivers as they are much quicker and easier to get out for the quick little jobs that having a house brings. The screwdriver is reliable and as it is so sharp it bits well into the screw. Cheaper screwdrivers that are Philips headed often get misshaped by screws over time and end up being useless as they just twirl in a screw without locking on. The way this screwdriver is designed means it will last much longer and offers much tougher resistance.
I would definitely buy more from this brand and replace the ones we have lost with more from Wera as they are an excellent brand to stick to. You can get a good set of these screwdrivers for a much cheaper price than buying them all singularly but at least getting them individually means you are only buying exactly what you need.
I like the black and green finish to the screwdriver, the green spots stand out when rolling around on the floor so it is easy to find. Screwdrivers have a magical way of growing legs and moving on their own accord so having one with bright marks make it easier to locate them amongst other DIY bits and pieces.
"For Pozidriv screws / With Lasertip for better bite in the screw, effecting higher torque transfer, less slipping and less damage to screws and surfaces / Features: Multi-Component Kraftform Handle; High Torque Transfer / Specifications: Pozi"