In this techtown review, I’ll introduce you to what is possibly one of the last screwdrivers you’ll ever need – the Wera Tools Kraftform Kompakt.
On the surface, the Kraftform Kompakt looks like every other screwdriver from popular German toolmaker Wera, but looks can be deceiving. The Kraftform Kompakt actually holds a retractable bayonet blade with the fantastic Wera Rapidaptor quick-release chuck as well as built-in storage for your bits.
The handle of the Kraftform is very well designed, and its hybrid grip material with anti-roll feature makes for a comfortable tool.
With the push of a button, the grip on the Kraftform pops open open to reveal 6 bits. In the Kraftform Kompakt version in this review, you’ll find bits for Pozidrive, Philips, slotted and hex. The bits alone retail for around $4 each.
The next surprise is the telescoping blade, extending the Kraftform a full 3 inches. Using the Kraftform is a real treat; you can easily pop it in your pocket, carry all the bits you need to service your equipment and have it extend to reach where it is needed.
If you need a bit of extra power, the entire blade of the screwdriver easily pops out, making it perfect for use in power tools.
Most versions of the Kraftform include a carrying pouch that can be used on a belt or attached to other Wera tool carriers using Velcro. Thanks to the Wera Rapidaptor technology, bits are locked in place to ensure you are not losing them as you go around your job site.
Wera sells the Kraftform Kompakt in a variety of sizes, with different types of bits. One of the best places to find the full assortment is the German tool expert KC Tool. Prices start around $35.