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Thread: Just when i thought i had seen it all! $70 for a screwdriver????

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    Just when i thought i had seen it all! $70 for a screwdriver????

    Well i got to this site from the editors blog of popular woodworking. They come across some interesting stuff because of the handtool emphasis Chris Schwartz brings to the table.

    Take a look at these guys

    http://www.elkheadtools.com/catalog/...78/8047475.htm

    I like tools as much as the next guy, but screwdrivers at $70 each i think is going a bit tooooooo far ....dont you?

    A set of these is going for $630. I dont even think i would buy them if i won the lotto.

    You can see how they came about and were made with the story here
    http://blogs.popularwoodworking.com/...ewdrivers.aspx

    What do you think????
    cheers

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    Must be some high end guys that would like that, but with the abuse screwdrivers get around here, well, I'd be afraid to use one.
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    I put this $219 hammer in the same category...

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    They probably appeal to the same folks who buy all the Bridge City stuff.
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    Most turners could make pretty handles like that. I often make my own.
    But, I suppose offerings like those can be compared to turned pens. Mine sell from $35.00 to $300.00.
    Folks sometimes say they can buy a pen that writes for 99 cents. Both write.
    OTOH, if they are making a living selling them, more power. Good old American free enterprise.
    But, I ain't buying none.
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    Very true Frank, and they could be 'gifts for the person who has everything' type gifts.

    I could see it if maybe they were gunsmithing screwdrivers too.
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    some high dollar tools are worth it and others are just high priced tools. the times when we get a low dollar tool and it supposed to be as good as the high dollar one and yet we ned to buy it three times for the same use then we can go back ask ourselves why we done that..
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    I can only attest to what I have seen, not screw drivers but chisels, mallets and such at Blue Spruce tools when we were on tour. Expensive, yes, but if I could afford them I would have a complete set of everything he makes, nothing but pure quality and beauty and worth every penny

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    There are some high quality tools out there. There are also the tool selling versions of Sharper Image where you don't exactly get what you pay for every time ;-) Garrett Wade comes to mind (no offense intended to any GW fans).
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