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Posted: March.22.07 at 12:28pm | IP Logged Quote bassbrass

Anybody had a chance to compare Ferree's new F77screwdrivers to Kraus?
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Posted: March.23.07 at 6:40pm | IP Logged Quote admin

I would be interested in this information too.  Kraus' blades are back ordered until at least this summer.  Should I wait or are the Ferree's a good substitute?

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Michelle
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Posted: March.23.07 at 7:51pm | IP Logged Quote bobbaier

I don't know anyone who's seen the Ferree's screwdrivers, but I can offer an opinion about the hollow-ground issue from some amatuer gunsmithing experience.

On many firearms, screw slots tend to be shallow for the width, I guess to leave as much metal as possible in areas that might be subject to pressure. In our business, you could look at the stop arm retaining and stop arm string screws on Holton horns for this type of slot. A hollow ground screwdriver that REALLY FITS the slot is ideal. However, you are better off with a tapered blade that has been ground to fit the slot than with a hollow ground blade that does not really fit. A gunsmith will have many hollow ground screwdrivers on hand to be sure the right one is available.

On a narrow, deep slot, such as on many hinge rods or headless pivot screws, a hollow ground blade may be undesirable since it won't bottom out and you'll be applying pressure to the curved part of the blade.

Either style will probably serve us well if the right size is selected for the job. I did notice in looking at the Ferree's flyer that I didn't see a mention of the tips being hardened. Did I miss this?

I've gotten along fine with my Kraus screwdrives for the past 20 or so years but would like to see the Ferree's offering to see if they might be a bit better on certain applications.

Michelle, let me know what size blades you need for your Kraus screwdrivers. I may have some spares I could send you until others are available.

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Posted: March.28.07 at 1:30pm | IP Logged Quote admin

Hi Bob,

Sorry for the delay in replying.  Just getting caught up from the web conference this weekend.  I'm sure you can relate. 

If you have a 1361D blade you could part with, I'd be in heaven!  I chipped 2 on the same day after having used the same blade for 6 years.   Darn rusted screw!

I have at least one extra of the other sizes I use.

THANKS!
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Posted: March.28.07 at 1:41pm | IP Logged Quote bobbaier

I have several of those. Email me your preferred mailing address at my home email and I'll get it out.

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Posted: March.28.07 at 1:43pm | IP Logged Quote admin

Yeaaayyy!  Will do.

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Michelle
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