Penta-What? Pentalobe!

What is a pentalobe screw and why would you need a pentalobe screwdriver?  Let’s examine a brief history of this little beast.

Firstly, like a Pentagon (shape with five sides) a Pentalobe is a screw or screwdriver with five points.  They come in six sizes from 1 to 6.  The nomenclature of this can be confusing though, as different companies have different ways of naming their pentalobe sizes.  You will see TS1, which can easily be mistaken for Torx size.  You will also see variations on the letter P (P1, P2, Etc..) and PL (PL1, PL2…).  There even some who make it as clear as possible and call it Five Lobe.

Pents up close 2.jpgThe confusion doesn’t stop there, though.    In 2009 Apple launched the pentalobe screw, and that’s about all they did.  There was no regulatory sizing so the brains at iFixit reverse engineered the screw and made a driver to work with it.  Since it was similar in size to a Torx T2, the called it a P2.  After they did this, Apple released sizing information and revealed that iFixit’s P2 was actually a size 1.  It was after all this commotion that WIha released their set of pentalobes (to Apple Standards), so their PL1 is actually the same size as iFixit’s P2.  Did you get all that?  To keep things simple (and since this is the GERMAN tool blog) we will use Wiha’s sizing standard, PL1-PL6.Read More »

Who makes the best Precision Screwdrivers?

Well thats an easy one!  Wiha makes the best precision Screwdrivers, but don’t take my word for it.  Take  look at this post on where they pose the question. In the comments, a lot of people are agreeing Wiha is the best.  I love it!

There’s another post on Garage Journal posting the same question and the majority of people there also believe Wiha makes the best precision screwdrivers.

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On Sale! Wiha 51 Piece Master Technicians Precision Screwdriver Set in Molded Tray.

UPDATE 3/25/14
This set is still on sale and the price has been lowered to $189.98.  Wiha included this Master Screwdriver set in their Summer sale.  It should be at this price through October 2014.

UPDATE 7/31/13:
Wiha recently raised the sale price on the 51pcs precision tray set up to $219.60 and also raised our wholesale price considerably.  $155.99 was an insane price on this set and only available for a short time when they first released this new set.  I’m sorry if you were not able to capitalize on that sale.  However, our current sale price of $199.99 is the lowest you will be able to buy this set for going forward and when this sale is over we’ll have to go back to charging our normal discounted price of $233.36.  I hope you take advantage of this special price before its gone.

Wiha recently announced a sale price on the 51pcs Master Technician Precision Screwdriver Tray Set, Wiha Part number 92191.  The retail price is normally $266.80 but they have marked it down to just $199.98.  That’s not good enough for us, so we marked it down to the unheard of price of just $155.99.  This deal is too good to pass up.  Take a look at all the precision tools you get with this master set:

Wiha Tools, Precision Tools

51 Precisions Tools with Tray, The Perfect Set For the Master Technician
Each Tool Size Marked on Tray For Fast Retrieval & Storage
       Slotted Tips:  0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0mm
       Phillips Tips: #000, 00, 0, 1
       Hex Metric Tips: 1.3, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0mm
       Hex Inch Tips: .028, .035, .050, 1/16, 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32
       Torx Tips: T1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & T10
       Nut Drivers: 1.5, 1.8, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5mm
       Chip Lifter: 1mm x 2mm
       Molded StorageTray: 11.5″ x 20″ x 2.25″