Screwdriver FAQs:


Q: Is a screwdriver a tool?

A: Yes, and manual or powered, for turning screws.

Q: Are screwdrivers still another standard?

A: Yes, and often inaccurately called Japanese Phillips.

Q: Are screwdrivers easy to use one-handed?

A: Yes, because the tapered socket tends to retain the screw, even if it is shaken.

Q: Were screwdrivers used in Europe in the late Middle Ages?

A: Yes.

Q: Are screwdrivers available—manual?

A: Yes, and electric, and pneumatic—with a clutch that slips at a preset torque.

Q: Is a screwdriver one of the longest-established handle forms?

A: Yes, and somewhat oval or ellipsoid in cross section.

Q: Was a screwdriver another design composed of drop-forged steel with riveted wood handles?

A: Yes.

Q: Are screwdrivers available in a standard range of tip-sizes?

A: Yes, and from 1.77mm to 4.85mm.

Q: Was a screwdriver first manufactured by HD Smith & Company?

A: Yes, and which operated from 1850 to 1900.

Q: Is a screwdriver classified by its tip?

A: Yes, and which is shaped to fit the driving surfaces—slots, grooves, recesses, etc.

Q: Are screwdrivers commonly abused as improvised substitutes for other tools?

A: Yes, such as crow bars or chisels.

Q: Are screwdrivers not designed for these purposes?

A: Yes, and such use can damage the tip, bend the shaft, or injure the user if the screwdriver slips or breaks.