Bondhus has recently come out with new ColorGuard ball hex keys which are color coded for easier size ID. The new hex key coatings are also said to provide great corrosion and rust resistance. In addition to color coding, each hex key is also stamped with their size.
Bondhus is not quite a household name, but they make some great quality USA-made ball hex, Torx, and Robertson drivers. Their ball hex keys and drivers are well made and priced at an exceptional value.
Prices: $15-$21 for individual inch or metric sets, $34 for the 21pc inch and metric set
Going by the photos, the new Bondhus ColorGuard hex keys look a little drab and dull to me. That might not be a bad thing, but brighter colors, such as those by PB Swiss colored hex keys, might allow for easier color-based size ID.
I can understand why Bondhus avoided the rainbow coloring of PB Swiss and the new Wera colored hex drivers, but it seems like it will make the color-memorization process a little tougher.
PB Swiss only recently came out with inch-sized colored hex keys, and Wera only makes their colored drivers in metric hex and Torx styles. Wiha now also offers a color-coded metric hex key set ($34 via Amazon), and an inch set that is much harder to find. In other words, pro-grade color-coded inch and metric hex key sets are rather scarce, heightening my interest in Bondhus’s new offerings.
As much a fan of Bondhus tools and their ball hex drivers as I am, I don’t see a lot of appeal in these new ColorGuard products. The tools are made in the USA and very affordably priced, but I think that PB Swiss and Wera have much more effective color schemes. Of course, you’ll have to pay more for those European brands – a lot more in some cases.
The Bondhus ColorGuard hex drivers look to be great ball hex keys with passable color-coding palette. This wouldn’t be my choice for color-coded hex keys, but it’s hard to argue with the attractively low pricing.