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You need to dress your driver of proper width, to the proper thickness.    They all tend to get thicker as they get wider, to handle the torque. 

Hi ro63rto,   If the blades are straight, aligned and firm and remain that way when you fit Bergeon blades to them (better quality steel, not what they usually have which can scratch and damage the

This may sound like a silly question, but have you tried sharpening the existing ones?    

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I have been using A&F screwdrivers for a few years and only recently purchased some Horotec. However the Horotec I shape the tips (see pic) using their sharper which gives a better grip on most screws. So I now have two sets the A&F & Horotec.

In my option the A&F are really good screwdrivers they just need dressing now & again.

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I love the US based vendors like ofrei, and esslinger but do shop around. It has been cheaper for me to order from abroad and have it expedited to the USA. Usually it saves me anywhere from $100-200. Which makes me think our supply houses here are quite inflated with pricing.

Eternaltools.com has some horotec screwdrivers. And they are a wonderful vendor.

https://www.eternaltools.com/watchmakers-screwdrivers/horotec-9-watchmakers-screwdrivers-set


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As a beginner, so far I'm very happy with Starrett's S-555-7 jewelers screwdriver set.  I like the collets they employ for securing the tips, which are readily available through MSC Industrial Supply.  While they may benefit from a mild dressing here and there, the leverage is good right out of the box and the hexagonal heads prevent them from rolling.  They are sized in inches, but I've yet to be let down by that.  

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On 3/16/2017 at 0:45 AM, clockboy said:

I have been using A&F screwdrivers for a few years and only recently purchased some Horotec. However the Horotec I shape the tips (see pic) using their sharper which gives a better grip on most screws. So I now have two sets the A&F & Horotec.

In my option the A&F are really good screwdrivers they just need dressing now & again.

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Clockboy, the Horotec Sharpener would be Ideal for dressing up all my screwdrivers...I just might get that tool as well.

thanks!

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On 3/22/2017 at 7:31 AM, Federico said:

I love the US based vendors like ofrei, and esslinger but do shop around. It has been cheaper for me to order from abroad and have it expedited to the USA. Usually it saves me anywhere from $100-200. Which makes me think our supply houses here are quite inflated with pricing.

Eternaltools.com has some horotec screwdrivers. And they are a wonderful vendor.

https://www.eternaltools.com/watchmakers-screwdrivers/horotec-9-watchmakers-screwdrivers-set


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Federico, thanks for the link they seem to be of decent price and I really like the sharpener Clockboy mention to keep the blades dressed up.

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On 3/27/2017 at 0:20 PM, Wesley881 said:

As a beginner, so far I'm very happy with Starrett's S-555-7 jewelers screwdriver set.  I like the collets they employ for securing the tips, which are readily available through MSC Industrial Supply.  While they may benefit from a mild dressing here and there, the leverage is good right out of the box and the hexagonal heads prevent them from rolling.  They are sized in inches, but I've yet to be let down by that.  

Wesley881, I've heard of these before are they based in the USA? They seem well constructed.

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3 minutes ago, clockboy said:

I use both styles. Some of the smaller screws still require the normal shaped headed screwdrivers. I have noticed that some suppliers now sell the Horotech shaped blades see below : However you still need the sharper to dress them.

https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/flat-parallel-bergeon-7895

Thats pretty neat, I think I'm going to save up a little extra and get the Horotec screwdrivers and sharpener so that i wont have to worry about it later. Also Do the Horotec screwdrivers come standard with the T-shaped blades?

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Wesley881, I've heard of these before are they based in the USA? They seem well constructed.


Hi madchops67, They are US-based and you can get replacements online from MSC industrial supply. I had to dress one of the tips up so far, but that's part of it. Lots of strength, even on the .025".

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3 hours ago, madchops67 said:

Thats pretty neat, I think I'm going to save up a little extra and get the Horotec screwdrivers and sharpener so that i wont have to worry about it later. Also Do the Horotec screwdrivers come standard with the T-shaped blades?

They come with standard shaped blades. If my memory serves me well I had to dress them anyway to a normal wedge shape. But later I changed their shape when I purchased the Horotec sharper.  

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Hello!

I am interested in a stainless steel handle screwdriver set. I oscilate between Bergeon 30081 and Horotec MSA 01.201.

Self lubricating vs ballbearing :)

Thank you!

Bogdan

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I also have the Horotec Ministand MSA 01.201-D set of screwdrivers and really love them.

When ever other people in my class see them for the first time they also give them favorable comments.

Since buying the set I have bought 2 more of Hortec's screwdrivers, one size bigger for pocket watches, and one size smaller for the screws on hairspring studs

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53 minutes ago, maclerche said:

 I also have the Horotec screwdrivers and I am very happy with them. In fact, I have all seventeen sizes. I have not seen other brands with seventeen sizes ...

What's the advantage of having seventeen size? I don't use more than three of the common sizes, but had to buy an odd size once to release a stem.

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Screwdriver preference is quite a personal thing round here so good luck getting a consensus ;)

I’ve had Bergeon and wasn’t that happy with them so I got a set of VOH. Now they are amazing. Can’t speak for Horotec but I’d skip Bergeon for screwdrivers. Good luck

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