Earlier this year a jewelry hobby-craft book was published, which
recommendedthat cheap plastic handled screw drivers should be
sharpened for use as chisels.
Now, one of the jewelry hobby-craft magazines is recommending that
cheap plastic handled screw drivers should be dulled and used as
Neither of these publications recommend the use of safety equipment
to protect their self-taught hobbyist readers from injury.
No where in any of Tim McCreight’s, Alan Revere’s, or Charles
Lewton-Brain’s books are there ever any recommendations for such
dangerous tool alteration. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be that…
Cheap plastic handled screw drivers ARE NOT designed to take
repetitive percussive blows to their cheap plastic handles and they
will shatter. Razor-sharp plastic shards from a shattering screw
driver handle can and will impale your hands, your chest, and your
eyes. I have seen it happen.
For god’s sake people spend the 2-3 extra dollars and buy a real
chisel or spend an hour making 75 cents worth of tool steel into a
decent chasing tool. Being this kind of cheap (and ignorant) with
tools can cost you more than you know.