This is not only one of the toughest little screwdrivers I have ever seen but it’s got these fantastic wings that are part of the tool’s metal shaft. This screwdriver is an authentic one made by the H.D. Smith & Company nearly 100 years ago. H.D. Smith & Co. manufactured tools in Plantsville, CT which is precisely where I live! Their line of drop forged hand tools were often referred to as the “perfect handle”. A quick glance online revealed this about H.D. Smith & Company.
I love painting antique tools but when the hand tools have a personal connection to me the artwork is that much more important to me and I enjoy the process dearly. Painting the raised texture on the screwdriver’s wings was slightly intimidating but naturally I kept my cool and worked up an extremely accurate drawing first.
When I have time I’m going to be looking out for any remnants of the old H.D. Smith & Company factory. There are several old factories and mills in town here which I pass by when I’m out running. Actually they just demolished one, yikes! I’m going to update this page when I find out more.
Check back in at another time.