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Craftsman Made in the USA Screwdrivers in 2018?!

by Rayne
posted 01-20-2018 07:44 PM


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Johnny7

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#1 posted 01-20-2018 07:53 PM

The fact that they “smell the same” may indicate that they’ve been around for a while.

If you’re referring to that “vinegar” smell—that is a by-product of the decomposition of cellulose acetate butyrate—the stuff the handles are made of.

If you’re referring to something else, then just ignore this post.

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Rayne

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#2 posted 01-20-2018 08:01 PM



The fact that they “smell the same” may indicate that they ve been around for a while.

If you re referring to that “vinegar” smell—that is a by-product of the decomposition of cellulose acetate butyrate—the stuff the handles are made of.

If you re referring to something else, then just ignore this post.

- Johnny7


Yeah, definitely something else as these were brand new shipment from Craftsman. I paid for them during the holiday time when they were sold out, so they took an order for the next shipment, which was today.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 01-20-2018 08:04 PM

AFAIK, their screwdrivers have always been made (since the late 60’s?) by Western Forge, which is a US based company and has all of their manufacturing facilities in the US.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Rayne

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#4 posted 01-20-2018 08:17 PM



AFAIK, their screwdrivers have always been made (since the late 60 s?) by Western Forge, which is a US based company and has all of their manufacturing facilities in the US.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


looks like you’re correct Brad. It is marked with WF on the handle, which is the mark from Western Forge. I did see the article about Ideal stopping the supply of tools to Sears in April 2017, so I wonder what happened that Sears were able to continue shipping these? I’m kind of interested in what Stanley is currently doing with the brand.

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Jim Finn

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#5 posted 01-20-2018 10:12 PM

In my experience, as a construction worker, the craftsman screwdrivers are the ONLY craftsman tools worth spit. Never tired their hammers though.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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Eric

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#6 posted 01-21-2018 02:20 PM

The term “Made in the USA” isn’t regulated. I expect the steel is from China and they mold the plastic handles onto the steel and package them in the USA. It’s a start.

-- Eric

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 01-21-2018 03:43 PM

My favorite thing about the Craftsman screwdrivers is I can easily just walk into a dealer store and get a new phillips to replace the one that has rounded out.

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