[Above] A long time ago I bought this Craftsman 5 in 1 screwdriver. It’s the kind where the shaft is reversible and holds a reversible screwdriver bit in each end. The shaft can also be used as a 5/16 inch nut driver. I like multi tools and this screwdriver is the one I would always grab to do general around the hose stuff.
[Above] But I’m a sucker for hand tools that have a brass aspect and last year I found this true bargain. Some cable company (which I currently cannot relocate through Google,) was offering this torpedo level and a 5 in 1 screwdriver from Sheffield for $14.00 (plus shipping). I jumped on it and was very happy. The level feels solid and looks like a new antique. The screwdriver felt good in my hand and was at least equal to my Craftsman. The only problem is that the little ball bearing that holds the shaft into the handle came out (while I was playing with it—I’ll admit that.) I tried very hard to put it and the spring that retains it back into the shaft. I succeeded, but I evidently weakened the spring because it doesn’t hold as well as it had. So I put a wrap of scotch tape on the shaft near where it entered the handle and that worked well enough. I was still bummed out though because I broke it. I looked online to find a replacement shaft or a screwdriver with a similar shaft, but it looks like no one pushes 5 in 1 screwdrivers online. (At least not the kind that I needed.)
[Above] Then, last night at Lowes, I saw this screwdriver in one of the tool aisles. It’s a Sheffield and it looked right, plus it was less than $5.00! I got it home and it fits the fancy handle perfectly. As a bonus, the new shaft is a 6 in 1. The shaft fits a 1/4 inch and 5/16 inch nut, so I actually got a small upgrade on this one.
[Below] So I’ll keep the cheap screwdriver with the not-so-great-working shaft and I’ll put it in a drawer somewhere. It still works after all.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!