Fwd: Stinky screwdrivers

Al Kossow aek at bitsavers.org
Sun Jan 8 22:16:43 CST 2017

I sent this out to some friends at the end of December

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Subject: Stinky screwdrivers
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:51:02 -0800
From: Al Kossow <aek at bitsavers.org>
To: Eric Schlaepfer <schlae at gmail.com>, Kenneth Sumrall <ken at scrapheap.net>
CC: Hedley Rainnie <luvhed at gmail.com>, Alvaro <apg88zx at gmail.com>


I've been buying a lot of Xcelite tools lately, and was wondering why some of the handles stunk.

Sadly, it looks like the good USA made hand tools will all have their plastic handles crumble eventually
though I have two Craftsmen nut drivers I bought in 1975 that are still perfect.

Xcelite isn't made in the US anymore. Bought a #0 Super-tru Tip (no longer says USA) and it is absolute crap.


as an addendum, I just bought a new "Made in USA" Xcelite pliers, and the build quality was an embarrassment.

now I understand all the interest in used hand tools on eBay

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