I have been a big fan of PB Swiss Tools – at least those I could budget for – ever since I bought a PB Swiss Insider screwdriver a couple of years ago. PB Swiss Tools make very good screwdrivers, mini Torx drivers, and hex keys.
So when I heard they came out with a SwissGrip stubby screwdriver bit holder (model 8452), I knew I had to get one.
The driver features PB Swiss’ SwissGrip rubbery soft-grip material, notches that prevent it from rolling away on a flat surface, and a strong magnetic 1/4″ bit holder.
It really is quite small – perhaps a tad bit smaller than other brands’ stubby drivers. That’s not good or bad, but it suits my needs just fine.
The “O” marking on the cap allows for easy differentiation in case you have multiple PB Swiss – or other brands’ – stubby screwdrivers in a rack or tool drawer.
Load it up with a standard 1″ (or longer) screwdriver bit, and it’s ready to go.
Overall, I really like this stubby driver, and plan to keep it in my main box. It’s already gotten me out of some tight-access situations, but I’ve also been using it as a compact and palmable driver when higher torque or larger handles isn’t needed.
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You can also buy one from ToolLady (which is where I bought mine from), or Count On Tools. I don’t remember how much I spent, and cannot find my receipt from a larger order, but it’s available for about $16 right now.
I previously discussed a couple of alternatives, such as the Wera ESD stubby bit holder, Klein 6-in-1 multi-bit stubby driver, and Wera mini bit drivers (which aren’t quite stubby, but they fit better into compact tool kits). If the PB Swiss driver wasn’t available when I was looking for a stubby bit holder, I probably would have instead went with Wiha’s SoftFinish model ($15 via Amazon).
I own a couple of Wiha SoftFinish screwdrivers, including Phillips and slotted tip drivers, and while I like the feel of the handles, PB Swiss’s SwissGrip drivers are simply grippier, softer, and more comfortable. I’m sure the Wiha would have been a great second choice, but I’m glad I found this one.