WITH TYPICAL AMERICAN frenzy for planning, annually our offices are inundated with frantic emails from those seeking the perfect Fathers Day gift. “What do we get our Dad / Brother / Uncle? He’s very particular!”
In the course of researching domestic production tools, I’ve developed fondness to a particular few, which I own, use, and recommend. This publication’s weekly contribution offers what I consider to be a perfect gift. One that will last decades of normal residential use. Even heavy use and moderate abuse.
Hammer, screwdriver, & pliers. All in a tidy zippered bag. About $100.
Estwing E12S 12oz Straight Claw Hammer with Leather Grip
Klein Tools #32557 Heavy Duty Multi-Bit Screwdriver/Nut Driver
Channellock 430 10-Inch Tongue and Groove Plier
Klein Tools 5139L Top-Grain Leather Zipper Bag
Never one for fancy screwdrivers, this rough’n’ready tradesman relied on Craftsman for their multi-purpose function. Screws, pry bar, chisel, free exchange when broken. At some point, I went to a 6-in-1 screwdriver, which occasionally did double duty as a chisel, but not as often. Because that would break it. I’d try to be organized enough to have a beater screwdriver for unpopular work a screwdriver is sometimes called upon to perform.
The 6-in-1 is fine. Two Phillips, two slotted, as well as two nut drivers when a screwdriver bit is removed. Is there any better? In some cases bigger is better. A bigger handle for a more comfortable grip. Extra bits for extra options. Klein makes such a tool. But would I lose all these pieces in the heat of battle?
Electricians carry a screwdriver like this. They’re the Air Force of tradespeople. Keeping clean, meals on time, everything well-organized. If they can do it, so can I!
The investment was made, and after three years, I’ve yet to lose its components. Bigger handle with rubber grip. More torque. Better on my middle-aged hands. The bit tips are better honed. Quality American manufacturing. With products like this, Klein will be in business forever.