Wera’s 2016 advent tool calendar is still available! I ordered one, and it arrived yesterday!
Here’s the catch – you’ve got to order from Amazon DE.
I just popped a few slots open, and good news – the Phillips drivers have Lasertip tips, which are laser-roughened grooves that bite into fasteners for strong non-magnetic grip. The slotted drivers don’t have these tips, but appear to be heavy duty “Kraftform Plus” screwdrivers.
This is the tip of my Wera screwdriver from several years ago. The grooves on the new driver I received are MUCH more pronounced.
You get a nice selection of screwdrivers, including 2 mini drivers, and a bottle opener. Additional accessories include a holder and a screw retention gripper (not shown above).
And… you get a Rapidaptor bit holder, several screwdriver bits, including diamond-coated ones, and a bit case.
I bought a Wera advent set a few years ago, and the tools were a great complement to the Wera screwdrivers and tools I already had. I feel the same way about this set. It’s also kind of neat that the screwdrivers have special red-colored handles for the holidays, although I wish the heavy duty slotted drivers had a different color, as they usually do.
I have no need for the Pozidriv driver and bits, but maybe they’ll come in handy someday.
I believe I got my money’s worth on this set.
Price: 46.99 Euro, 39.49 Euro for US (non-European) buyers, 19.88 slow global shipping for 59.37 total, or 27.88 euro priority global shipping for 67.37.
Estimated Price: $64.15 or $72.79, depending on shipping method.
On previous orders, I paid in USD or local currency. On my recent Amazon UK and Amazon DE orders, I paid in local currency. I’ve been charged a foreign transaction fee by my credit card before, even when paying in USD, which is why I opted to pay in local currency. I ended up paying a little extra on the conversion fee (maybe 1%?) and my credit card company charges a 3% foreign transaction fee.
So I ordered the advent calendar as part of a larger order, with priority global shipping. If you buy just 1 advent calendar, the lowest price to your door is $64.15, which is around the same as it would have cost from KC Tool if it were still in stock.
I have only ordered from Amazon UK and DE with priority shipping. I figure that the less time the tools spend bouncing around the better. 2 wrench sets I just received had bounced out of their foam case and were all over the place in their boxes. I haven’t looked closely for damage yet, but imagine there would have been more clanging around if they shipped via the slower method.
But, these advent sets are pretty nicely protected. Each tool has a nice little compartment, and the advent calendar is in its own outer packaging box, which is shipped in an Amazon box. So… slow shipping *should* be okay. These tool sets look to be well protected.
If you’re just looking for screwdrivers, buy the regular Wera Kraftform set for $30 and change via Amazon.
But this set also comes with diamond-coated insert bits I’d been meaning to try, and an extra Rapidaptor.
I LOVE Wera’s Rapidaptor’s insert bit holder. But boy are they pricey on their own.
$65 is pretty steep, just looking at the number of tools. But if you could use everything, you get much more than your money’s worth. I think.
This is not the best option for one’s first Wera tool set, at least if you’re on a budget. It gives you a little of everything though, so maybe that does make it a good starter set?
I look at the price and find it hard to recommend. But… I thought it was a great enough deal to buy one for myself.
I did place an order large enough where global priority shipping was far less than the amount of money I saved on the tools.
Sorry for the digression, here’s the link:
At the top of the page in the top menu, select EN from the little globe that says DE by default. Apparently so many people are ordering from Amazon DE, they added automatic translation options.
Google Chrome can also translate the page, but it breaks certain functionality, like the “add to cart” button.
I have placed 2 orders from Amazon DE so far, and 2 orders from Amazon UK. Each time, it makes me a little nervous, but so far the ordered arrived perfectly. I did pay extra for priority global shipping.