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Dirty Harry wouldn’t have been nearly as cool had he whipped out a Smith & Wesson nut driver and extolled the virtues of his gunsmithing tool.  The coolest thing about these drivers:  You can point to them and say, “Hand me the Smith & Wesson over there on the bench,” and make people look.

The $20 buy-in for the Woodstock-built S&W set isn’t cheap — a trip to Harbor Freight or even Sears will get you a set of six SAE nut drivers for half that or less.  They’re nice looking, but you’re paying for a logo. On the other hand, no waiting period required.

Smith & Wesson SAE Nut Driver Set [Woodstock]
Street Pricing [Google Products]

 

4 Responses to Smith & Wesson Nut Drivers

  1. CrazyFoolThatCollectsTools says:

    Do they fire? Awwww!

    I doubt S+W has had any input into the making of thos things. Propably just stamped on.

  2. Old Coot says:

    Do I need a license to purchase these for home protection?

  3. kif says:

    No license needed, just a beard and a flannel shirt.

    I went to Big 5 yesterday and bought a S&W Magnesium Rescue knife marked down to $11.99 from $59.99 (Google Shopping showed an average price just under $30). The box is marked “Manufactured by Taylor Brands LLC” Which also owns the Schrade name.

    These days any name is up for sale, and merely decoration for some contracted Chinese product. It’s amazing what names show up on what. I saw a cordless tool set with “Kawasaki” on it, with the green color scheme and everything.

    So, I wonder, if it comes from China, does it matter what name is on it? If you get a set of nut drivers with the rather unimaginative and derived brand name “Pittsburgh” on it, are you getting something less than what is sold under “Companion” or even “Husky”?

    When I HD took over the Husky name, the tools were marked “Made in U.S.A” and I guess they had to change that based on some principle. A tool maker may produce sockets out of Chinese produced blanks, what does that mean.

    I cracked open the box on a Ryobi bench grinder. I knew it came from China, but what drove it home for me was how it smelled just like a Harbor Freight product.

    I suppose it is up to each company to monitor the quality of what they contract out to some Chinese plant, but I have no doubt that the same Chinese worker who handled a DeWalt drill last month may be handling a “Chicago Electric” the next.

    You may feel guilty about the trade imbalance when you go into Harbor Freight, but the way I see it, if it’s Chinese, put the least amount of cash on the counter as possible.

  4. Shopmonger says:

    True that…. buy the cheap ones… and if you really need that SnW feel… then write them a letter and ask for stickers… i bet they send you some…….

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