Greetings fellow tool enthusiasts!
Disclaimer (I previously submitted this question directly to Stuart, prior to being aware of the Toolguyd forum. I now see that this is likely the more appropriate venue for my query. Please excuse the questions directed specifically to Stuart)
I am a long time tool user/fan/horder, and have recently been on a quest for a for the “perfect” pocket-able multi-bit screwdriver. In the midst of my search I stumbled across your blog. After reading a few of your articles and reviews I became hooked, and proceeded to read through nearly your entire archive. I find you reviews both very informative and well put together, and appreciate the additional knowledge that can be gleaned from the comment section. I’d like to commend you on a job well done, and let it be known that my only disappointment comes from not being aware of your blog sooner.
All that said, I do have an actual question; As I previously stated, I am searching for the “perfect” pocketable multi-bit screwdriver. I know in your reviews you have covered numerous options, but I was hoping you might have some more specific knowledge when it comes to the size of the actual tools.
I work for a small phone company/ISP, and handle all of the trouble calls and customer equipment installations. My day can vary greatly from working in a basement or crawlspace, to hanging off of an antenna tower to install a wireless radio. I am fairly heavy into EDC, and have carried many variations of multitools and pocket-tools over the years, but have come to find that the one feature that is typically lacking in multitools is the screwdriver function, especially as far as additional/specialized bits are concerned. I have both the old and new bit sets for Leatherman, along with the bit extension, but have found them difficult to access when needed, and uncomfortable to use for more than a few turns. A while back I finally decided that a dedicated multi-bit screwdriver was the way to go.
After much research (a lot of it via your blog) I purchased the Wera Kraftform Kompact 25. In my eyes it is nearly perfect, but for one shortcoming. I love the bayonet function, giving both compact carry length and the ability to use it as a full sized screwdriver. I also appreciate the onboard bit storage and ease of access. My only gripe is in regards to the diameter of the handle. I know it is in part due to the ability to house six bits, and also the design of Wera’s grip, but I find it is a bit too large to comfortably carry even in my cargo pocket.
I know that you are a big proponent of the PB Swiss Insider series, and I did consider it strongly, ultimately deciding on the Wera for the bayonet feature. Based on your reviews, I believe you own both options. Is the handle of the PB Swiss any slimmer? Are there any other options of multi-bit drivers with bit storage that would meet my needs that you could recommend? My carried bits could be limited to as few as four, and as nice as the bayonet function of the Wera is, I wouldn’t consider it a necessity. I do however, really like the Rapidadaptor chuck, and would prefer a locking bit holder, or at least a really strong magnet Any advice/options would be greatly appreciated, and I will include my desired functions/dimensions below.
-Under 6" overall length (5 or less even better)
-Bit storage for 4 bits (could get away with 3 if absolutely necessary)
-Handle diameter under 1 1/4" (the smaller the better)
-bayonet function prefered but not required
-locking chuck, or very strong magnet
- All-in-one tool ( do not want to carry bits separately)
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to your response.
P.S. Any pictures you could include of size comparison would be great, as most of the options I have considered are not available for me to handle without purchasing them first.