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Blockplane

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I have just remembered being shown one of these back in the late '70's, but have never come across another.
"Restricted Access" screwdriver, all metal construction, chrome plated, plain cylindrical handle about 5-6" long with a rectangular block at the end, each side of which had a flat blade, at 45 degrees to each other.

Anyone else encountered these?
 

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I have one that I got in a set of Craftsman mechanics tools from Sears. I generally found it useless. It was too big for the spaces in aircraft I needed it for and because there is a pair of blades at each end you can't press on the end with your finger to keep it in the slot. I found a ratcheting box end wrench with a driver tip worked better. If you want a picture I could dig around and post it. Assuming I remember where I last put it. :)

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Forgot to mention, one end had the blades at 45º and the other had one parallel and the opposite side 90º to it.
 

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Thanks Pete, that's the one. Do you know it by the name 'McGregor"? - I couldn't find any reference on the internet. I used to have a little flat, double sided ratchet screwdriver by Stanley which was far better imho.
 

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Like screwdrivers, even if doesn't sound like I'd need this --- any pictures ? (or of the Stanley)?
 

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From the title, I assumed that it was the Scottish version of the Birmingham screwdriver.
 

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Blockplane":17kdrvm7 said:
Thanks Pete, that's the one. Do you know it by the name 'McGregor"? - I couldn't find any reference on the internet. I used to have a little flat, double sided ratchet screwdriver by Stanley which was far better imho.
Never heard of an offset screwdriver referred to as a McGregor. Even by the Englishmen I worked with. I've worn that brand of sock though if that's any kind of consolation. :roll:

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Thanks for photos, the one I was shown was single ended, with all four blades on the square head.

I think they were intended for 'trimming' adjustments, it would be a complete pain to have to drive or a remove a screw completely.
 

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That would make it even harder to use because the blades will make it impossible to get into a corner where offset screwdrivers are needed.
One of those tools that initially seem like a good idea until your stuck in a hole tying to use it.

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Oh yes, in fact I have something similar (MacAllistair perhaps?) - only used it once or twice, not v effective - the ratchet type slightly better.

To turn the subject - other tools that seem a good idea, but - anyone use a drawer-lock chisel, or have one 'just to complete the set'?
 
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