It has a handle with rigid, jagged plastic edges that gouge your palms at every inch-pound of torque. Yet the handle is somehow always slick, requiring a firm, skin-sacrificing grip. The screwdriver is downright painful to use. It is, as far as toolbox technology goes, obsolete.
Now, the old Stanley’s steel shank is solid, and the tool is technically capable of driving a screw. It’s like a decade-old laptop — technically capable of sending an email. But there are better ways to do it. The screw itself is a mechanical marvel, an inclined plane wrapped around a cylinder, and experiencing this miracle of hardware should be an act of pure pleasure.
And yet, for all the Stanley’s shortcomings, it is not headed to the rubbish bin. Even obsolete technology can make a worthwhile donation. Someone will come along, complaining of cabinets hanging loose on their hinges, stuck with a bare toolbox in need of even a flawed Phillips screwdriver. A free screwdriver will be given away that day, along with a warning: wear a glove.