When somebody says gimlet, I think of a good stiff drink — which is what you’ll need after your power drill accidentally reams out the screw hole in that heirloom project. When you just need to get a screw started — especially a short screw — a power drill can be too much tool for the job. Instead, try a traditional auger gimlet, such as one of these sold by Lee Valley.
Useful for pre-drilling screw sizes #2 to #9, the seven auger gimlets in this set range in size from 5/64″ to just over 3/16″. The set is made specifically for Lee Valley by a small European tool maker. These tempered steel auger gimlets have a tapered screw tip and an auger body, and they’re ferro-blacked in the traditional manner.
The set runs $13 at Lee Valley — not a bad deal considering this will only buy you about three gimlets at your local watering hole.
Auger Gimlet Set [Lee Valley]