These small Wera Kraftform bit holding screwdrivers (813 R) are absolutely perfect for EDC (everyday carry) use. Pop one of these drivers into your pocket, tool bag, or car, along with a few of your most commonly used screwdriver bits, and you can tackle most spontaneous fastener adjustment tasks.
Despite my growing number of multi-bit screwdrivers, with the PB Swiss Insider still being my favorite, I find that screwdriver bit holders can be more convenient at times.
The Wera Kraftform 813 R screwdriver, while quite small, is surprisingly comfortable to use. You wouldn’t want to use it for high torque applications, but it’s great for casual fastening tasks.
Just last week I used my Kraftform screwdriver along with a Phillips #2 bit to replace the brake light in my car. Equip it with a few hex or Torx bits, and it’s perfect as a bike tool for emergency field use or quick adjustments.
The screwdriver is a hair over 3-1/2 inches long, and it is built with a Wera Rapidaptor-style non-magnetic locking bit holder. It works with common 1/4″ hex bits, including 1-inch insert bits and 2-inch power bits.
There are two versions – the regular green-colored one, and ESD-safe yellow-colored one. The ESD version is made using a static-dissipating material that helps makes it safer to use on sensitive electronics.
I purchased the ESD version because it was a buck cheaper. Although I haven’t used it a lot in the two years since I purchased it, I feel I got my money’s worth. There have been times when the screwdriver’s small size has been indispensible where nothing else would have been as comfortable to use or carry.
This driver is not without its downsides. First, there’s no built-in bit storage, but I knew that before I bought it. Second, there’s no easy way to attach it to a key ring. I would have drilled a hole through the handle a while ago, but the driver is not quite small enough for keychain carry. Maybe I will eventually drill a hole anyway, not for a keyring but for a small metal bar to increase leverage.
Overall, this is a very nice screwdriver. It’s priced at $13-15 and the one I purchased from Amazon was made in the Czech Republic.
In theory the yellow ESD-safe version might have lesser properties than the green version, but I have yet to find any weakness. I mostly use my driver in clean and dry environments and cannot comment about the solvent or chemical resistance of the plastic handles.
Unfortunately, I have not yet found a perfect carrying case that fits just a few 1-inch screwdriver bits. There are plenty of cases for larger bit assortments, but not many if you just want to carry up to 4 bits. Eventually I’ll learn a few machining skills and make my own, but in the meantime I’m wondering to see what you guys might recommend.