My grandfather had a hand-cranked drill, a Yankee screwdriver, and a manual bit brace. I used them all while growing up, but sadly only the Yankee’s whereabouts are presently known. And while I own a decent cordless electric drill — and use it frequently — I prefer the human-powered version for small jobs. It’s lighter, quieter, and the “battery” never dies. And oh yeah, it costs less than a battery alone!
Obviously electric tools are appropriate for larger jobs, but am I a retro-tech masochist using hand-powered drills for the lighter stuff, or do you share my enthusiasm? Let me know in comments.