Robertson, Phillips, and the History of the Screwdriver

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5 Responses to Robertson, Phillips, and the History of the Screwdriver

  1. paladin3001 says:

    Now this was a fascinating piece of history. Being Canadian and having used both Robertson and Phillip’s screwdrivers I have always wondered why one is more popular than the other. I prefer using a Robertson driver over a Phillip’s for many reasons. One is that you can set the screw on a Robertson and it will stay there. Very handy for tight spaces. As well, Robertson screws and drivers don’t strip as often as Phillip’s do.

  2. RT Rider says:

    Robertson for wood, Philips for metal – that’s how I use them.

    • Kegeshook says:

      Robertson for both. If I get something that needs to be put together, be it a desk,chair, shelving unit or whatever and it comes with Philips screws, I throw the screws in the garbage.

  3. Critter says:

    Very cool!

  4. Larry says:

    I use Robertson or cross-tip whenever possible. Phillip’s head are just too likely to strip out, especially with all the cheap Chinese screws out there. Pieces of shit, they are.

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