What you see is what you get with this Schroeder hand drill: a simple, manual quarter-inch drill with an easily-maintained exposed metal drive. One of Cool Tools readers is a bit ga-ga over his:
used Fiskars hand drills for years but their inner gears are made of plastic and will strip out if you apply too much torque. They also can’t be opened up for repair either, so once that happens it goes straight to the landfill, which is really disheartening. With the Schroeder, the solid, single gear is right there in the open. You have to hold it in your hands to appreciate it. Like the engineering in a 1970’s Beemer or a piece of Shaker furniture, it’s logical and simple, direct and pure.
I don’t use tools enough to necessitate an upgrade from my Magical Box of Dewalt, but I love the intersection of modern materials and design when applied to ancient tools. Are there any other modern, hand-powered tools out there I should know about? (Don’t say “hammer.”)
Oh, you can pick up the Schroeder for $20-30.
Schroeder Hand Drill [Cool Tools]