Vintage Ratchet Screwdriver Ball Handle & Hex Tips
This is a very unique ball type handle ratchet screwdriver with a set of like new slot hex bit, plus Phillips bits NO. 1 & 2 that snap lock into the one end of the nickel plated driver shaft. The other end of the shaft is square, and fits into both ends of the yellow/black ball handle. For clockwise ratchet driving, the shaft goes into the red end, counter-clockwise in the black end of the ball handle. It works great, and is a lot tougher than it appears. It is actually very nicely made, and the tips are very good quality tips also! Most of these drivers came in sets, and the set case was usually marked by the maker. We believe the maker was Creative Tool Inc. Bennington VT. U.S.A., but the handle is not marked. It measures 6.25" long assembled, with no tip in the hex end, and the ball is about 2.0" diameter (not quite a ball shape as the handle is about 2.75" long. My guess it that it was made in the U.S.A. since most tools from the 1960's and 70's era were marked with the other country that they were manufactured in if they were sold here in the U.S.A.. There is a few scratches and some rub wear on the plastic, some nickel or chrome plating is peeled off, but no cracks, very clean, no rust, very nice, useable, vintage collectible tool overall! Another feature worth mentioning is the fine ratchet system, the user barely turns this driver and it locks into the next ratchet tool. One reason these were popular back then! Where can you find another one? I think this screwdriver was marketed here in the U.S.A. around the same time as the so called Screwball screwdriver.