> The neatest one has a
> very interesting marking around a round steel shaft. It's in a spiral
> pattern (sort of like the stripe on a barbers pole) and says "PERFECT
> HANDLE, ?????sville, Conn" and maybe some other info.
>What are they designed for? They seem to be way too sturdy
> for simply turning screws, especially the Irwin one. Also, is "Perfect
> Handle" a brand name or simply a style of handle.
Perfect Handle was the trademark of HD Smith & Co. who hung out
their shingle in Plantsville, Connecticut:
As for the Irwin, whaddya mean TOO sturdy? Comemon, dagnabit, ain't
no such thing. Those boys were made to sit in the head of the biggest,
rustiest, nastiest screws and have a wrench put on the shank for extra
torque. Ain't no too sturdy about it. Especially if you're one to
abuse a screwdrive and use it to lever up a Model T Ford to retrieve the
coffee money you dropped underneath. Big ol' shank will survive that
while your chiwanese one will twist like a pretzel.