So did we, until we noticed the feature on their front page that allows one to view all the products in the catalog which customers rated five stars. (OK, we’re assuming that if they rate the product five stars they bought one.) The items — and their prices — were, well, quite surprising.
First up; a set of seven gimlets for $12.
So that’s not so surprising as the price is low enough to fall within many woodworkers’ free-spending range. But that must indicate that many Garrett Wade customers are pretty experienced woodworkers, ’cause most of the people I know don’t have a clue what a gimlet is. (And no, it’s not a cocktail — at least not in the world of wood. A gimlet is a small hand-powered drill used to drill small holes without splitting the wood workpiece.)
Next: A pretty chrome-plated, solid brass push drill for $45, on sale from $58.
I’ll admit I can probably see this one, as I have a fondness for push drills since my father put two of ’em in my kiddie tool set back when I was too young to handle power tools. I’d say the number of times I need a push drill in a given week is probably zero to zero point one, but then I’m not an avid woodworker. So if I were to buy one, it’d probably be more for nostalgia than anything else, and that chrome looks mighty fine.
Read on to page two for more.
Third: a “special German chisel set” for $112, on sale from $128.
Chisel aficionado Toolmongers may disagree, but $112 seems like a lot to pay for a chisel set, especially one where the brand name is cleverly not mentioned much on the catalog page. Though they sound nice — chrome vanadium steel, sharpened and polished blade, hardened to Rc61, oil-finished ash handles — I wonder if you couldn’t score an equally functional set for a lot less.
Skipping down the page, I noticed a couple of overall trends: customers seem to rate clearance items with five stars quite often. (Either that’s true, or the folks at Garrett Wade are pumping us up by either placing five-star items on clearance often or listing clearance items more often. We did, however, sort by “best selling.”) And it seems like sharp-looking items at lower prices — though still often high for the item in question — run to the top.
Could Garrett Wade be the Brookstone (or Sharper Image, RIP) of the woodworking world — the source for “gift items” meant to stand out among the tool chest via bling?
Customer-Rated Five-Star Tools/Best Sellers [Garrett Wade]