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MetMo Driver gives a classic ratchet screwdriver a modern twist

MetMo Driver gives a classic r...
Available in two colors, the MetMo Driver is presently on Kickstarter
Available in two colors, the MetMo Driver is presently on Kickstarter
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The MetMo Driver's various components
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The MetMo Driver's various components
The MetMo Driver delivers up to 76 Nm (56 lb-ft) of torque
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The MetMo Driver delivers up to 76 Nm (56 lb-ft) of torque
Available in two colors, the MetMo Driver is presently on Kickstarter
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Available in two colors, the MetMo Driver is presently on Kickstarter
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Based on a design that was first patented in 1891, the German-made Weltrekord was a 1950's ratchet screwdriver that has since become a collector's item. British tool manufacturer MetMo has now reimagined it, using today's materials and production techniques.

The device, known as the MetMo Driver, is currently on Kickstarter. Two years ago, MetMo used the platform to successfully crowfund another retro-modernized product, the MetMo Grip.

The Driver features a machined hard-anodized aluminum body, a stainless steel chuck and fold-down torque lever, plus various brass components. It weighs 320 g (11.25 oz), delivers a whopping 76 Nm (56 lb-ft) of torque, and its magnetic socket accepts all third-party quarter-inch (6.3 mm) bits.

The MetMo Driver delivers up to 76 Nm (56 lb-ft) of torque
The MetMo Driver delivers up to 76 Nm (56 lb-ft) of torque

Along with apparently being quite adept at driving screws and bolts in and out, the tool's exposed ratchet mechanism makes a very satisfying clicking/snicking sound and pumping motion as it's pulled back for another twist. In fact, MetMo suggests that the Driver could double as a fidget toy.

And yes, it can be set to ratchet in either forward or reverse, plus it can be locked, allowing it to be used as a regular screwdriver.

The MetMo Driver is being offered in black- and clear-anodized models, either of which is available for a pledge of £99 (about US$129). Assuming it reaches production, the tool should ship in November.

It can be seen and heard in action, in the video below.

MetMo Driver

Sources: Kickstarter, MetMo

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My favorite ratcheting screwdriver was one that didn't click at all. This is a nice looking tool but at that price I'd want keep it on display in a glass case more than I'd want to use it!
ljaques
Hmm, about $19 for the screwdriver/ratchet and $80 for the ADD therapy gizmo. The $5 ratcheting female hex/male square driver I got is =much= lighter and just as capable. (shrug)
I wonder how many of these things they'll actually sell, and how many of those the wives bought for their husbands without consulting. ;)
Gizreader
76Nm with a 10 cm handle is approx 76 kg applied on the handle. How do you do that?