Shots from the German catalogue. Read it and weep, Yanks
To an American, the old-world European way of doing business can be frustrating to encounter. You have these companies making incredibly refined, sophisticated products, yet their websites are from the '90s, they often lack high-res video demos on their YouTube channels, and many do not bother distributing in the 'States.
At the Holz-Handwerk show I snapped up the very last 808050P Ratcheting Screwdriver at the Bahco booth, as it's not currently for sale here in the 'States (even though the Bahco brand is owned by U.S-based Snap-On!). At press time there was no demo video of this new product on their website, so I just shot a rather lousy one at my workbench. Check it out:
If you've never heard of Bahco, they're a Swedish tool company whose founder invented the adjustable wrench way back in the 1890s. Today they make over 7,000 hand tools, many of them highly specialized. Like this sweet nail-puller:
Or this pair of electrician's pliers that transfer the bulk of the force towards the base of the blades, rather than the tips:
Watch this shamefully low-res video of their modular handsaw design:
And this ratchet that can get into really tight spaces:
Something that drew considerable interest in the booth at Holz-Handwerk was this belt-worn, insulated electrician's ratcheting screwdriver with interchangeable bits. Fast-forward to 0:47 to see how it's meant to be used:
Sorry, my Yankee friends, there's no word on when cool toys like the 808050P will make it to our shores; I mean just look at their English-language website, for chrissakes. Makes me want to have a snap-off with Snap-On.