September 11, 2020
Screwdrivers, component of every handyperson’s tool kit, have been around for at least 150 years. We wouldn’t need them if it weren’t for the plethora of fasteners we refer to as screws. Nails were around in pre-history, screws appearing in the 15th century, but manufacturing cost limited widespread use until the early 18th century.
Gunsmiths are credited with their development for everyday use as the term tournevis, French for screwdriver, made rapid assembly/disassembly possible as standardized parts became the norm. Mass production by 1841 allowed screws to enter the public market...