It is not always the screw’s fault.
Yes, home-center wood screws are too soft. Some off-shore screw manufacturers use substandard materials and manufacturing processes. But sometimes it’s your screwdriver that’s at fault (or the, cough, screwer).
Many modern screwdrivers are too soft or poorly ground. It’s enough to make you reach for a nail gun or hammer. Here is the solution to both problems: Gunsmith screwdrivers.
Grace USA makes excellent, well-priced screwdrivers that are accurately ground, properly hardened and nicely turned. If cared for, these drivers will last you the rest of your life. You can buy sets designed for woodworking from a variety of places, including Lee Valley Tools and The Best Things.
After using these drivers, you’ll be happy to use your old plastic drivers to open paint cans, guilt-free.
— Christopher Schwarz
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