Klein came out with their first demolition screwdrivers two years ago. They are now expanding that line with two new drivers – a #2 Phillips driver (603-4DD), and a combination scratch and punch awl (650-DD).
Both new demo tools have metal striking caps, heat treated full-tang blades, and cushioned handle grips.
Unlike other non-demo screwdrivers, these are designed and tested for prying, chiseling, and other applications that would otherwise be described as abuse or misuse. Such applications include punching out knockouts from electrical boxes, tightening locknuts, and being hammered into utility poles to hang tool pouches off of.
As with Klein’s two other slotted-tip demo drivers, the new additions are also made in the USA.
Price: ~$17-20+ each.
Competitors’ demo drivers are priced at $10 for 2-piece sets:
I see the appeal for a Phillips #2 demo driver, and the previously released slotted demo drivers, but don’t quite know what to think about the awl. The pointed tip looks to be ground similar to a pin punch for strength, which is good, but might make it better for punching and piercing tasks and a little less suitable as a scratch awl.
Milwaukee, Dewalt, Stanley, and I’m sure a few other brands, also have a couple of demolition drivers in their hand tool lineups. The Stanleys I own are pretty decent and were made in England before production shifted over to Taiwan. As far as I am aware, Klein demo drivers might be the only ones currently being made in the USA.
If you ask me, everyone should have at least two demolition screwdrivers – Phillips #2, and 1/4″ or 5/16″ slotted drivers. Hopefully Klein will pair the Phillips and either slotted drivers together as part of a two-piece set.