The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various every day carry worthy tools. The tools shown aren’t multi-tools but rather real tools, that by virtue of their compact size, light weight, usefulness, or unique functionality, can find a place in any range kit, emergency kit, or every day carry bag.
Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.
There are times when only a full size screw driver will do but, they can be a little awkward and a little dangerous to carry in a pocket. That is where the Wera Kraftform Kompact 25 Screwdriver comes in. This handy little bugger has some tricks up its sleeve that make it both pocketable and long enough to reach an AR-15 grip screw.
The Kraftform Kompact 25 features what Wera calls a “Bayonet Blade” meaning that the shaft can be depressed and locked into the handle. The screwdriver made be used in this compact mode or the user can press the collar to instantly deploy the full length driver shaft under spring tension. Pressing the collar down again when the Bayonet Blade is extended allows it to be removed from the handle completely for use as a bit adapter for a drill or impact driver.
There is another feature that keeps this screwdriver compact for carry. It has the ability to store 6 bits inside the handle. There are bits included or you can substitute any of your own standard 1/4″ hex shank bits. The bits are carried in a compartment that is accessed by pressing a button on the butt of the handle. The handled snaps open under spring tension when the button is pressed.
Wera’s bit holder design is the best I’ve used. There is no play or wobble when the bit is installed. You simply press the bit into the holder to capture it or pull up on the free-spinning collar to release it. The collar spins so that you can place your fingers there to stabilize a screw or bolt while you drive it which can really come in handy if you have the space to use such a feature.
This has become my favorite screwdriver to have on hand when I am working around our homestead or on the shooting range. It is the only driver that I have found that can be both pocketable and large enough to do the work of a full size screwdriver. It’s size means I can actually reach and then apply appropriate torque to an AR-15 grip screw which is just about impossible with any other multitool or EDC oriented screwdriver.
I should note that while this is considerably more compact than a full size screwdriver, the handle still has some bulk. It is pocketable but, if you were going to carry it for EDC, you would probably want to keep it in your pack most of the time. It does fit inside both the Triple Seven Gear Micro Kit and Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer “tool rolls” that we have profiled in this series.
Where to Buy: I can’t find these in any brick and mortar store in my area but there are a handful of sources online. It is worth shopping around for the best price. Ebay sellers often have good prices on these. When I purchased mine a couple of years ago, Amazon was the best choice: Wera Kraftform Kompact 25 on Amazon
Alternatives: I haven’t found a true alternative for this since it is essentially a full size driver that packs small enough to carry, but we have profiled other drivers on The EDC Tool Roll that I know work well:
Do you have a compact driver that you prefer? Tell us about it below.