Best Torx Drivers

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Hey all,
I have a thing where when i buy a new knife, the first thing I do typically is take it apart and clean that factory gunk out, sharpen or reprofile the angle and overall just tune it up. My problem is with these companies using so many small headed torx screws in their designs, that i ether striping the screw or more likely twist the torx driver to the point where I will only use it on cheaper knives. What I would like from some of the veteran knife tinkerers, is to know what sets you guys use and how they have held up. I currently us the Benchmade tool and it seems to work alright. Would like some good T Handle drivers.
 
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Wiha stubby is the best IMO, they also make the same one for Boker and Spyderco with their logos on it. Best of all it's a 1/4 hex size and you can use the same bid with your other adaptor/ powered drivers. And it holds 6 bits in its belly, i set it up to be T5,6,7,8,9 and a size 1 flat. Most knives use T6 on the handle/clip and T8/9 on the pivot, with exception of MCUSTA that uses T5 on the handle and the size 1 on pivot hence my set up. These bits are amazingly precise and durable, I haven't stripped any thing yet. They can be bought individually. Here is the website: www.wihatools.com
Some pics for you:





 
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I have no problem with any, i think you mean to ask do they have a lot of "play" when inserted into the screw? No, they fit pretty perfect, I have Spyderco, ZT, Benchmade, , Boker, the screws come out nice with these bits, no shiny corners at all and the stubby handle gives you a lot of leverage, the black part is kind of rubbery, very grippy
 
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Cool. Thank you. Ill have to pick up on of those sets. I'm still looking for a good T-Handle set if anyone knows of any.
 
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i think you mean to ask do they have a lot of "play" when inserted into the screw?
What i wean is does the metal twist or bend when you have to torque down on it to remove a stubborn screw. Like this pic.
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When I think of quality screwdriver bits I think of Wiha. I have several Wiha bits, including a variety of torx bits. I've been very happy with all of them. They are definitely better than the Benchmade set I bought many years ago.

I don't think Wiha sells t-handle torx drivers smaller than t9.
 

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If you are having to "torque down" really hard to remove a screw, it might be because that screw has been loctited in place. If a screw won't turn easily, apply some heat to the head of the screw using a soldering iron, then try it. Trying to force a screw that is loctited in place can cause damage to the screw.
 
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A good friend of mine once told me something like "T handled hex keys are for people who don't know what they are doing." The T handle lets you put too much force on those small heads. *If* you are very experienced and you know how to only apply a little force with those giant handles it might be worth having. For example if you have arthritis, or an injured or impaired hand or something. But if you have normally operating hands, you should stick to the normal handles. They are made in those sizes for a good reason. :)

Brian.
 
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Yeah i had to google to find that picture. It happened to me though with my Benchmade Tool on a carbon fiber Yojimbo 2.
 

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What i wean is does the metal twist or bend when you have to torque down on it to remove a stubborn screw. Like this pic.
bent_torx.jpg

That happens from overtightening. I've used a T6 from just about every manufacturer, and have twisted many myself...always from overtightening, never from breaking loose. T6s are inherently weak. Take it easy dude, they don't have to be as tight as you may think. A LITTLE blue locktite and a little less torque is better than over tight.

That being said, I've had really good experiences with Wiha, Witte, and Sunex torx drivers.
 
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Yeah i had to google to find that picture. It happened to me though with my Benchmade Tool on a carbon fiber Yojimbo 2.

Key is to use Blue loctite, never use red unless you never want it out. That picture looks like its trying to overighten something, but in any event, with wiha, you would have strip the screw before the bit twists.
 
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I have individual wiha in a screwdriver format. You can't get much torque to loosen something tight with those however. To get torque, I have this small portable wiha set:

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For more tourque I just take the bits and put it in this:

And if that doesn't do it, i extend it like so

And if that still won't do,... The I take the bit holder out and put it on my Makita impact gun

If that doesn't get you to buy one here is the kicker

It has the press button bit storage built in!! How cool is that :)
 
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That's too funny, no I have never experienced that even with flea market ones lol!

My new Benchmade T6 twisted worse than that, without undue torque being applied. And that's a $44 tool. Just because of that I'd never buy a Benchmade knife
 
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Wiha makes a great set, but for less money the Do It Best hardware brand are great! I have had a set for 4 yeas now, they have hardened tips and fit perfectly:thumbup:
 
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My new Benchmade T6 twisted worse than that, without undue torque being applied. And that's a $44 tool. Just because of that I'd never buy a Benchmade knife

Wow,... No wonder Cabela's is giving them away with Benchmade knife purchase...
 
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For more tourque I just take the bits and put it in this:

And if that doesn't do it, i extend it like so

And if that still won't do,... The I take the bit holder out and put it on my Makita impact gun

If that doesn't get you to buy one here is the kicker

It has the press button bit storage built in!! How cool is that :)

I should find me one of this!
Thanks for the information guys!
 
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