The History Of Screwdrivers! Only In Woodyboaterville Is This An Exciting Film.

Oh, it gets better

Ya, you can stream Game of Thrones, or watch car chases on your fill in the blank action film. Maybe you are into cerebral shows like Endeavor? Queen Gambit? But today, yes this Saturday, thanks to fellow Woody Boater John Baily, you can just flop down with your cup of Varnish Coffee before you head out to what is actually around here going to be a warm ish day.

I am so confused..

Now. I know you are tempted to click and watch. But keep in mind, our boats have over 3000 screws in them. And can you imagine the wrist strength on those guys back in the day. .. I mean.. Good god. I do recall Chris Smith saying that back in the day they would rig up drills as screw drivers. We live in such a simple world right now. 18 vlt power drills. But the amount of heads is a tad overwhelming.

The History Guy!

Here ya go. Sit back and bask in the glory of THE SCREWDRIVER!

18 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Well, you got me to burn up 16 minutes of my morning. I really thought he was going to talk about the yankee screw driver. A few of us remember those.

  2. Ross M
    Ross M says:

    Very cool, I still use a yankee driver! When I need to be carefull, I can feel the torque I need and adjust accordingly. I have two yankee drivers, but, I am ambidextrous. I also use a yankee drill. It never sucks the bit through the wood!

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Interesting! Those Roberts screw heads are used heavily in campers and enclosed trailers.

    You should contact the History Guy! I think he might be interested in one of your new hats from yesterday’s story.

  4. Captain Nemo
    Captain Nemo says:

    No mention of the Reed and Prince design. Superior to the Phillips in my opinion.
    I too get a lot of use out of my Yankee Screwdriver. With practice you get exacting torque applied to your work.

    • Rivaguru
      Rivaguru says:

      Reed and Prince was actually a US manufacturer who was licensed by the English inventor, Mr. R
      Frearson. Frearson had designed this crosshead screwdriver in the 19th century. More fun facts!!

      • don vogt
        don vogt says:

        as long as you mention it, there is a slight difference between the reed and prince version and the regular frearson. the reed has a crisper cut across the center than the frearson. the cross slot hole, if you will, in the center is not as wide. I believe cc started using the r&p around 1939 or so. i will post a picture if i can find one.

      • AldenR
        AldenR says:

        While the Frearson head was designed in the 19th century, machine technology did not exist until 1938 to actually make the design. Reed & Prince simply used the expired Frearson patent.

  5. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    haven’t used a slot head SINCE
    I discovered Reed and Prince
    though the’re not the only ONE
    no reason to FREAR…try em Son

    John in Va. I really liked the video

  6. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Anyone who has worked on a Canadian boat knows you have to have a set of red, green, and black Robertson drivers (small, medium, and large bit). They are good but still cam out on occasion which probably keeps you from over driving and snapping the head off a bronze or silicon bronze screw. The best invention in drivers now is the star drive in my opinion.

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:


      Those are called Torx and like everything there are now 4 different styles. Torx, tamper resistant Torx, Torx Plus, and tamper resistand Torx Plus (this is actually 5 point while the others are 6 point).

      Of course there is also inverted Torx and inverted Torx Plus

  7. Jeffrey Martinson
    Jeffrey Martinson says:

    If you like this story, y’all would enjoy Witold Rybczynski’s “One Good Turn”. It’s a quick read that details the history of the screw going back thousands of years to the present. Scribner, ISBN is 978-0684867304.

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