Channellock will soon be coming out with a new line of USA-made screwdrivers! Their Code Blue screwdrivers came out nearly five years ago, and while these drivers are quite decent, the are made outside the country.
First they find a domestic partner to make the cushion grip handles for their pliers, and now new USA-made screwdrivers? No doubt a lot of professionals and DIYers will be happy to see this news.
The new screwdrivers will feature four-sided acetate hard-plastic handles that are durable, impact-resistant, and solvent-resistant.
The screwdriver shafts are hardened for strength and durability, and chrome plated for corrosion resistance, while the tips are precision machined for better fastener engagement. Screwdrivers meant for electronic applications are bead blasted, presumably for greater grip.
These new drivers will be available in several different sets, with the initial launch including Phillips, slotted, and Torx screwdrivers, nut drivers, and a multi-bit screwdriver.
ETA: Fall 2014
Pricing will likely be appropriate for what you would expect from professional-grade USA-made screwdrivers.
Update: The 10-piece set will retail for $69-74.
Thumbs up to Channellock for yet another reshoring effort! That these drivers are made in the USA isn’t a guarantee that they’re any good, but it’s a pretty safe bet given the brand’s product lineup and reputation.
We checked with Channellock, and they are not manufacturing the new screwdrivers in-house. They have partnered with an American manufacturer and have assured us that, while the screwdrivers are not being made at Channellock’s Meadville PA headquarters, they will still reflect the quality you can expect from Channellock tools.