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    Gunsmith's Screwdrivers ?

    I need a set of the above, so does anyone know of a good source ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackrider View Post
    I need a set of the above, so does anyone know of a good source ?
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    Look on YouTube for Jack Rowe turnscrews.
    He will show you how to make some

    My old boss had a pachymar set. Got them from the local RFD.

    Or these http://www.henrykrank.com/index.php?...&cPath=116_155

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    Screwdrivers

    I'm thinking about getting a set of these

    https://www.workshopheaven.com/narex...-set-of-9.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighit View Post
    Look on YouTube for Jack Rowe turnscrews.
    He will show you how to make some

    My old boss had a pachymar set. Got them from the local RFD.

    Or these http://www.henrykrank.com/index.php?...&cPath=116_155
    Interesting, thanks !
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    Quote Originally Posted by timnorth View Post
    I'm thinking about getting a set of these

    https://www.workshopheaven.com/narex...-set-of-9.html
    Just Googled these and yes, they are nice !
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    I got this set. Bloody expensive, but they are used every day and work every time. You can't put a price on that.
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    I wanted the Pachmayr set but they were OOS everywhere when I finally got around to buying them!
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    Mine is a Brownells Magna-Tip set, with extra bits from an old B-Square set, a few random other bits (eg torx bits, which I hate with a vengeance), and a Grace 9-piece set of turnscrews.

    Just looked these up on e b a y. Astonished at what they cost, especially given that these days they must be made in China.

    I have a feeling that you can find the same things for much less if they are marketed as general tools, rather than special gunsmith tools. Anyone know?

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    Professional job, professional tools

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-to...prod78280.aspx
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    Any set of well fitting screwdrivers will do. The important thing is to get a decent set in the common head sizes (Philips rather than pozi most usually). I got an admittedly cheap set of screwdrivers from Screwfix and they have held up well, if I had cash to splash I would of course get something better.

    Take a look on ukworkshop forums, lots of cabinet makers and tool enthusiasts, a quick search will put you in the right direction.

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    I've made my own similar to those you can buy and I've also modified Stanley and Wera screwdrivers to fit correctly with diamond files or slow wet grinding so there's no need to anneal then re-harden and temper. I've found the old pre WW2 to 1960's Stanleys to be probably the best (toughest) steel around, some of the modern stuff even from quality manufacturers doesn't hold a candle to the old steels. Some people say it's because of various bombs going off that contaminated post war steels however I just think the post 1960 steels are usually inferior possibly because of other contaminants in recycled steels. I'm not a metallurgist I just know enough to get by to heat treat carbon and alloy steels without destroying them. Wera seem to be around the best of the modern steels for screwdriver and hex bit manufacture.
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    hollow ground tips is what you need, it fills the screw in the full length of the tip that's in the screw.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51o7zKYQpVL.jpg


    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-r0wBdYah_V...river_tips.jpg

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    Just be aware that if you buy the expensive turnscrews, its not the end of the story; you still have to grind them to fit any given screw. The advantage being you can get an exact fit.

    The set of screwdrivers Richard linked to are better - no grinding, but expensive.

    The Pachmayr set is a better bet for diy use, though. It has a good number of hollow ground bits (plus others) so you can use the one with the best fit.
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    screwdrivers

    Google Chapman screwdriver sets, everything you need in one box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airsporter1st View Post
    Just be aware that if you buy the expensive turnscrews, its not the end of the story; you still have to grind them to fit any given screw. The advantage being you can get an exact fit.

    The set of screwdrivers Richard linked to are better - no grinding, but expensive.

    The Pachmayr set is a better bet for diy use, though. It has a good number of hollow ground bits (plus others) so you can use the one with the best fit.
    Expensive but two sets are nearly 10 years old, used daily and good as new.

    Turn-screws are for cased sets not for serious use.
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