Over at Kickstarter (what is Kickstarter?), there’s a new campaign for these Knife Edge screwdriver bits, which the inventor claims are far better than ordinary Phillips bits.
You see, Phillips bits are designed to cam out of screws when a certain torque is reached. If a screwdriver bit cams out and pressure is still applied, it’s going to knock around the fastener head until the screw socket, screwdriver bit, or both are damaged.
These new Knife Edge Phillips screwdriver bits are designed for use on damaged screws, and also fresh screws. They’re not screw extractors – these bits are designed to be used in place of Phillips bits wherever and whenever they’re used.
There will be 4 sizes in total – Phillips #1 and #2 bits in 1-1/4″ insert bit-style and 2″ Power Bit-style lengths.
Price: Knife Edge screwdriver bit “rewards” start at $10, each. There are discounts for multi-bit pledge amounts. The post-Kickstarter retail price is planned to be $14.
Fundraising campaign ended on 8/12/2015.
If you’re having difficulty visualizing the geometry of these bits, it’s not just you. The bits seem to have wider prongs than traditional Phillips bits, which agrees with Knife Edge’s description that it grips the inside of the screw head on the edges giving you the most torque.
I wish there were better images, but I was directed to the Kickstarter page, Facebook, and the website. Their website has an awfully obnoxious auto-playing video, and the Kickstarter page has gross overuse of bold text. These guys definitely need some PR and marketing help. And that makes me even MORE interested in the product.
Too often I see Kickstarter and other crowdfunding projects that are answers in need of problems. This one looks to be a real product that answers a real and very common frustration.
I avoid using Phillips screws wherever possible, but the darned standard just won’t die! While I’d like to say I switched to hex, Torx, and Robertson without ever looking back, Phillips screws are still everywhere!
$10 is a little steep for a single bit, let alone $14. If the product reaches its funding threshold – they’re currently about 11% of the way there – they’re going to need to find a way to reduce the per-bit cost. A retail cost of $14/bit is not going to work for professional users.
I wonder if these Knife Edge bits could be made even better if they had anti cam out features, such as on my ribbed Wera drivers.
For those of you that cannot escape Phillips fasteners, what do you think about these bits?
To be completely honest, I don’t think we’ll be seeing these screwdriver bits in stores anytime soon. At $14 a bit, it’s going to take a lot of work to convince retail shops to clear some shelf space, regardless of the advantages.
Price Check: Dewalt 30-piece Phillips #2 pack for $7
Even if a national retailer buys a quantity of these Knife Edge bits and puts them on the shelf at $14/bit, they’re going to sit there and collect dust. That is my candid opinion. $14/bit is going to make it hard if not impossible to move sufficient quantity of these bits.
Not only does a tool inventor that wants to reach a nationwide audience have to be able to sell their products to end-users, they have to sell it to retail buyers as well.
I’m confused by how the inventor compares his prices of $14/bit to that of screw extractors, but then in some of the other product descriptions it says these are not screw extractors. Am I the only one?
Here’s the bottom line: Can (1) of these bits truly be better than (60) of those regular Dewalt bits at the same $14 price? That’s the question that Knife Edge will have to answer, both to end-users and to retailers. They’re going to have to SHOW this.
I really do think that these bits would be better licensed to manufacturers for production. PLUS, doing so would ensure a higher quality product that’s quickly perfected through multiple rapid iterations. Large power tool accessories manufacturers have the ability to test and revise these bits quickly, and to potentially manufacture these bits for less money, and also the marketing might to get quantities sold to and through retailers and distributors.
That’s the path to success, in my opinion at least.
Right now, the inventor hasn’t chosen a steel alloy yet. All of the demo videos show them being used with cordless drills and not impact drivers. Whether or not these can be used with impact drivers is a concern readers expressed in comments.
Check out the reader comments and then chime in with your opinions! Let us know what you think about these modified Phillips bits.