Wiha Tools has teased that they will soon be coming out with SoftFinish multi-drivers that are engineered in Black Forest Germany and Manufactured in Monticello Minnesota.
The new screwdrivers are said to include:
- 11-in-1 multi-bit screwdriver
- 6-in-1 multi-bit screwdriver
- conduit reamer
I am sure you are familiar with this type of screwdriver design.
Multi-bit x-in-1 screwdrivers typically feature a handle and reversible shaft that is loaded with double-ended screwdriver bits, and sometimes smaller reversible shafts with their own double-ended inserts.
This is a crowded space, and one with very strong and clear user favorites, such as the Klein 11-in-1 ($15 via Amazon).
It is unclear as to how Wiha’s new screwdrivers will compare.
Based on the limited information available so far, I would say that Wiha’s screwdrivers could be compelling if they’re priced competitively. I own several Wiha SoftFinish screwdrivers, and although they’re no longer in my primary tool box, the handle design is comfortable and reliable, and their screwdriver tips are reasonably durable.
When it comes to your tools, trust is the bottom line. Introducing the comfortable, versatile, new SoftFinish Multi-Driver collection from Wiha. It’s the trusted companion for whatever comes your way.
Price: $16 for the 6-in-1, $20 for the $11-in-1
Wiha USA has clarified that the handle is made in the USA and that the screwdriver inserts are “manufactured for Wiha by global partners.”
We have also learned that the new screwdrivers will not be a limited edition, they are being added to Wiha USA’s full line for the foreseeable future.
Wiha Tools’ USA headquarters is based in Minnesota, but to our knowledge their facility is only set up for product distribution and not manufacturing.
Digging deeper, here’s an October announcement:
Willi Hahn Corporation USA dba Wiha Tools and Aroplax Corporation are pleased to announce a strategic development partnership. The cooperation will focus on developing professional hand-tools for North, Central, and South American markets. The manufacturing and distribution of the product will be in Monticello, Minnesota.
The partnership expands Wiha’s global manufacturing footprint and creates additional opportunities to co-develop products utilizing Aroplax’s technical team and state of the art injection molding facility. The first products will be available at select distribution partners in December 2020.
This suggests that “Aroplax” is Wiha’s new USA hand tool partner, or at least for the plastic handles given the reference to their injection molding facility.