TM reader Stan tipped us off to this eBay auction of some mint-condition Millers Falls #2 hand drills, purportedly purchased from a government warehouse where they languished unused for the last 37 years. From the auction:
Looks like rosewood handle and knobs. Could be some other tropical wood. Hollow handle contains eight unused flute-style bits. These drills have been sitting for almost 40 years. We will lubricate them before we ship, but the buyer should be aware that they may need additional lubrication.
I had an eggbeater-type drill when I was a little kid. My dad wanted me to have a drill, but I wasn’t anywhere near ready for power tools. So the eggbeater fit the bill perfectly. Mine had the hollow handle, too, which he filled with a variety of bits. They’re handy for adults, too, especially in delicate situations. You can feel the material giving way under the drill, which gives you some pretty serious control.
For more information — in fact, for more information than you possibly thought existed — on the Millers Falls #2, check out George Langford’s page on it. He’s done some significant research into the model and its history. Hell, while you’re at it, take a look at the rest of his site, too: George’s Basement. It’s not the most modern or pretty site, but who gives a damn when it’s loaded with this much kick-ass information.
As I’m writing, eBay shows nine of these left at the somewhat spendy price of $90.